HOW PET HEALTH INSURANCE SAVED MY DOG’S LIFE

 

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Bringing a furry friend into your life is a hugely exciting time! Among the top thoughts on many soon-to-be pet owner’s minds are all the fun things to do and buy: pretty leashes, cool collars, a comfortable bed, a healthy diet, fun toys and tasty treats. Along with the fun also comes the responsibility of pet-ownership including finding a good veterinarian, licensing, identification and training. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the excitement and preparation, even the most organized, loving and dedicated pet owners often overlook one crucial piece of advice: the value of pet health insurance. Pet health insurance can be an invaluable way to plan for health expenses should your pet become sick or injured. Sadly, the reality of not planning for unexpected veterinary expenses means many owners each year face very difficult, and often heartbreaking, choices. (more…)

Hearing Loss in Senior Pets

Hearing Loss

 

Good morning everyone!

Today we’re talking about an important sense for pets: sound.

There are a wide number of reasons why a pet might become deaf and while some have to do with age, many do not. Pets can be deaf from birth due to a physical abnormality or genetic issue (in some breeds certain white coat genes are linked to deafness) while younger pets can develop hearing loss in response to ear infections, certain viruses (like canine distemper), waxy build up or trauma.

For senior pets, some of the most common types of hearing loss seen are the result of changes to the nervous system or physical structures of the ear, exposure to medication or chronic ear infections. Like humans, as animals age they experience age-related changes in their bodies. Age-related hearing loss is also referred to as presbycusis and will normally affect both ears. These age-related hearing changes are normally the result of changes to the auditory nerve (the nerve that carries signals from the ear to the brain), the loss of the tiny hair cells that move in the ear as your hear (stereocilia) or a change in the function of either the inner ear bones or the eardrum.

In addition to these age-related changes, senior pets may also experience hearing loss due to medications. Certain types of chemotherapy, antibiotics and diuretic drugs have been known to cause hearing loss. It is important to note, however, that is your veterinarian is prescribing a medication that may cause hearing loss it would normally be in response to a far more serious condition and you should not stop giving your pet the medication without first speaking with your vet. Another common reason for hearing loss in senior pets can be an obstruction (blockage) in the ear canal. This could be the result of scar tissue from chronic ear infections or it may be caused by a build-up of wax and fur in the ear canal. All cases of suspected hearing loss should be seen by your vet as early as possible so your vet can examine your pet and determine what, if any, treatment is needed.

So what do you do if your cherished friend loses their hearing with age? Here are a few tips… (more…)

Senior pets: what are they?

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Good morning CHS Supporters!

November marks senior pet month here at Calgary Humane Society! Today on the blog, we’re bringing you a frequently asked question… what makes a pet a senior pet anyway?

Why do we need to know when our animals are considered ‘seniors’?  (more…)

Meet Amaya: A Calgary Humane Society Foster Story

Meet Amaya

Amaya is a sweet puppy who needs a little extra care before she finds her forever home. We want to share her journey with you, so follow our weekly blog series as this girl heals and grows in our Foster ProgramPlease note: Amaya is not available for adoption at this time. 

 

Once people find out I work for Calgary Humane Society, the first question I usually get asked is, “So, do you get to snuggle puppies and kittens all day?” No, this is usually not my job, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get to do this sometimes. Yes, puppies and kittens are adorable, but animals that need some extra love and care is where I really like to focus my attention.

The Foster program was a no brainer for me. My partner took a little bit more convincing, especially after a few of the singleton kittens I brought home, but I think we have really gotten the hang of having an extra little fur ball in the house. We already have two dogs, a three year old boxer and a 15 year old pit bull/boxer cross, and a cat, but “What is one more animal” I said. Later, those words would come to bite me in the butt. (more…)

All about dog noses!

 

ALL ABOUT DOG NOSES

 

Hello Calgary Humane Supporters! October is dog month at the shelter, and we hope you’re enjoying all of our fun doggy facts. Today on the blog we have decided to talk about… your pooch’s nose!

Yep, that’s right, it’s all about the schnoz today. We’re bringing you the cute, the cool and the curious about the canine olfactory system. (more…)

All About Amputations

all about amputations

 

 

Hello CHS Supporters!

We hope you have all enjoyed learning a little more about Xena the pitbull puppy! We’ve had a few questions come in about limb amputations and how we decide what care to provide at Calgary Humane Society, so today we are hosting a bit of a Q&A!  (more…)

Can Pets Sweat?

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Good morning Calgary Humane Society supporters!

We hope you had a great summer full of sun, heat and all the other great things that summer brings!

Today we bring you an interesting question that we hear from time to time at Calgary Humane Society: Can our pets sweat? If not, how do they beat the heat?

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Protection & Investigations Series Part 2: Medical Neglect

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Medical neglect is one of the more complex issues investigated by Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers. CHS has seen a steady increase of cases in recent years: 115 in 2010, 139 in 2011, 149 in 2012 and 192 in 2014.

With a pet, comes the responsibility of providing veterinary care. Annual physical exams are recommended and are a great way to ensure your pet is in good health. Illnesses and other issues are more likely to be caught if you are taking your pet to a vet on a regular basis. (more…)

Cool Cats: Claw edition!

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Hello Calgary Humane Society Supporters!

We hope you are loving this sunshine-filled cat month here on the blog! Summer marks the busiest season for cats at Calgary Humane Society so we can’t think of a better month to cast the spotlight onto our feline friends.

Today on the blog we tackle one of the most frequently asked question about feline attributes: Claws! Learn more about how cats use them and why Calgary Humane Society believes in leaving those claws firmly attached to the cat! (more…)