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Do not forget them!

More than 150,000 cats and dogs will soon be moving with their owners. Unfortunately, a few thousands of them will also be abandoned in animal management centers, humane societies, shelters and veterinary clinics. Worse, some will simply be abandoned in homes or thrown to the streets, a situation that is vigorously denounced by the Veterinary Medical Association of Quebec ( small animal practice).

Cats and dogs are sensitive beings  who habits, routine and territory are of major importance. The day they are forced to leave their homes and settle in another environment, it is normal that they feel disturbed and stressed.

Everything must be put in place to minimize the negative effects of such disturbance. To help you better plan your move, the Association of Quebec veterinarians ( small animal practice) offers these tips:

– In the weeks before the move, contact your veterinarian to see if the coverage of your pet is up to date and its preventive medication against the various parasites is in order. If you move to another city, ask for your pet’s medical record. Take the opportunity to ask your former vet to recommend a new vet near your new home. Do not forget to renew your prescription drugs if you have a pet with special needs;thai-cat-1317846_960_720

– Do not forget to prepare a special box for your pet with toys, leash, his bowl, his food, his litter,  and his pillow. A box  that will be easily accessible. Do not take advantage of the move to  throw everything away! Keep objects that will reassure your animal like an old sweater, for example;

– Make sure you have enough food for your dog or cat, especially if it eats a special diet. Also purchase a transport cage, a good collar and a  good quality leash;

– If you believe that the day of big departure may be a bit chaotic, why not book a place immediately (your veterinarian, a pension, friends, family, a neighbor) in order to keep your cat or dog. Thus, you will have no need to worry. Place your pet, one or two day (s) before departure to avoid the hustle of the final preparations;

– Learn the laws of your new location for the number of animals allowed and the different responsibilities you must meet;

– Think of questioning the former owners, of your new home, to see if they had unwanted guests like rodents and or small animals lurking around. Never assume that the apartment is free of undesirable occupants. As a precaution, give your pets preventative treatments against internal and external parasites. Know that the smells of other animals are often persistent and can cause behavioral changes  in cats ( marking territory and not always going in the litter box) Make a good cleaning, especially carpets;

– By kindness, write  a note to the  future owner of your old home to show him that  a cat or dog lived there. They will be less surprised if one day, your dog or cat decides to run away and return to live in his previous home;

– During the move, always use a transport cage for cats and even small dogs;

– Be careful if your dog has a tendency to be anxious. The stress of the changes can cause mood swings and aggressive behavior. Some products available from your veterinarian can help reduce stress and promote adaptation. Do not hesitate to ask for advice;

– Beware of heat stroke, never leave your pet alone in a car or truck;

– Upon arrival, install your animals (especially cats) in a small room not too busy, or keep it in its cage until everything is completed. Make sure that there is no passages where the animal can run away. Scribble a note on the door saying not to let out the animal;

– Pay attention to indigestion or potential poisoning from products lying around or even leftover pizza !!! ;

– Be careful, a new environment can mean dangers of running away. Beware, for example, of open doors,  exhaust air dryer hoses or faulty fences. The animal may  be tempted to return to his former home;

– Some cats can hide and be afraid, while others explore everywhere. Beware of traps that await your pet as window sills, streets, pools, etc. Loss of appetite can also be observed for a few days, be careful and patient. However, if it persists more than 24 or 48 hours, contact a veterinarian. Let your cat or your dog time to tame the surroundings and to establish his little routine;

– Do not forget to put an identification collar and the new municipal medal for your pet to comply with  regulations and thus help find your pet in case he/she runs away. Permanent identification with a microchip is also strongly recommended and if it is already installed, do not forget to change the address in the database. This is your best guarantee for the safe return of your pet;

– In general, dogs are more resistant to removal than cats. Sometimes it’s the neighbors who have less tolerance for dogs than cats. So be aware of this, especially if your dog tends to bark or your cat to wander. Be respectful of the environment in order to establish a good neighborhood. It would also be nice to present them your neighbors to show them ‘what a good pet you have’.

– Make a visit at your new vet to get to know, the hours of operation and services offered, while opening a folder for your pet. Take the opportunity to transfer data from your old medical file and let them inform you about any prevention needs depending on the new environment.

If you practice these recommendations, you should be able to minimize the impact of the move on your pets and together, start a new stage in your life!

Translated from Source: Quebec Veterinary Medical Association in small animal practice

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team of the Clinic (514-634-4190) who will be happy to assist you.

About the clinic: The Lachine Veterinary Clinic offers an unmatched and personalized service to pet owners from Lachine, LaSalle, Dorval and Pointe Claire, but also across the West Island of Montreal (West Island) and Laval, and has done so ,since 1982.
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Emotional urination

The emotional urination problem or dogs that pee on our shoes.

Today, the Lachine Veterinary Clinic vets explain a very annoying behavioral problem that is often encountered with dogs.

Coming home from work, many dog ​​owners  are faced with an “agitated” animal that urinates when it sees or hears them come in the door . It also happens when guests come home. It’s always unpleasant when someone’s guest is urinated on  upon arrival. Especially if the guest in question is not a dog lover. Many times, veterinarians  at Lachine veterinary clinic get the same shoe treatment several times in consultation.

Generally, dogs suffering from this bad habit are very anxious and may even show signs of appeasement: lowering the body, yawn, moving ears back, diverting the gaze, tail carried low and  “involuntary” urination. Some dogs will even lay on their backs.

So if you are struggling with this problem and want to fix it, some behavior modification exercises can be performed.blissdodo

First, it is very important not to punish the animal suffering from anxiety or submissive urination! Verbally nor physically!

Second, you should ignore the animal upon arrival. It’s difficult! We must also avoid talking to him with a “baby” tone which, you know, excites them even more.  Give attention only once the dog as calmed down. Ideally, you should ask your guests to do the same. It is not always easy, especially when your guest loves animals.

To make your plan work, you must necessarily be able to discern the physical signs of a relaxed dog. It is when the body is not stiff,  jaw hanging relaxed and not tense in any way,  ears straight, but not rigid and eyes calm and relaxed. Generally, a relaxed dog does not constantly moan.

Third, avoid bending over the animal: this has the effect of worsening the situation.

Fourth, when you get home, redirect his attention with a treat or a toy when you enter your home ,drop the toy or treat on the floor without even speaking to him and without even looking into his eyes. Ideally, you should have the treat or toy in question at the time of your entry into the home. Some toys available on the market allow to hide food or a treat in them, which is very useful to divert your dog’s attention.

Finally, in specific cases where anxiety is difficult to control even with the behavior modification exercises, medication can be used to facilitate the therapy. But beware, the miracle pill does not exist, without the exercises  carried out every day, treatment is sure to fail. For more information on the available treatments, consult the veterinarians of the Lachine veterinary clinic.

The same modus operandi can be applied to dogs barking excessively, when the owners come home.

 Good luck and wait until that therapy has started to bear fruits before you go out and change your shoes!

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team of the Clinic (514-634-4190) who will be happy to assist you.

About the clinic: The Lachine Veterinary Clinic offers an unmatched and personalized service to pet owners from Lachine, LaSalle, Dorval and Pointe Claire, but also across the West Island of Montreal (West Island) and Laval, and has done so ,since 1982.

Useful Summer Tips

Everyone is happy with the return of warmer weather . But the summer season can bring a lot of problems for our dogs and cats.

This week , we’ll share tips to follow, so you and your pet can spend the warm season in peace and security.

Given that many more dogs and cats go outside during the summer, it is essential that their vaccination is up to date . Talk to your veterinarian.

Given that many more dogs and cats go outside during the summer, it is essential that their vaccination is up to date . Talk to your veterinarian.

1.  Cats and dogs are not the only ones who love the beautiful weather . During summer, snakes, skunks , porcupines and bats are present. When you walk with your dog or cat , especially in campgrounds or at the country , make sure your pet is on a leash and under your supervision at all times and bring a small plastic bag to pick up her small gifts.

2.  Given that many more dogs and cats go outside during the summer, it is essential that their vaccination is up to date . Talk to your veterinarian.

3.  It is important to protect our animals against parasites, heart worms (if the disease is present in your area) , fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites. Remember that many parasites can be transmitted to humans …

4.  During the summer , please do not leave your pet in the car . Sunlight combined with closed car windows can quickly turn your car into an oven and the animals caught inside the vehicle quickly die of heat stroke.

5.  Aside from automobiles, there are also dangers associated with the sun (UV and heat strokes to name a few) Remember that the sun can be harmful to animals as it can be to humans.

Given that animals have a natural protection against the sun’s rays . Sunburn and skin problems related to sun are rare in animals, but they are still possible . Particularly if the skin is pale, and if the hair is sparse . If you have a small white poodle and like to shave it very short : watch out for sunburn. Some breeds of dogs (such as Dalmatians and white Bull Terriers ) and many white cats are particularly vulnerable. Keep your pet away from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, when the sun is burning at its fullest (between 12 h and 16 h) . And remember that hair has insulating properties, that is to say, it protects the animal from the cold in winter and cools it off in the summer. The hair also naturally protects the skin against the sun.

6.  In areas where mosquito density is high, a protection against mosquito bites and consequently against the West Nile virus and worm heart are needed. There are no non-toxic product miracles out there to keep mosquitoes from our pets but here’s a little trick . The recipe is quite simple : dilute 2 teaspoons of Avon Skin So Soft in one liter of water and apply this solution on the areas that may be pierced : ears bellies especially . Keep in mind that the effects quickly disappear and must be reapplied often . The other disadvantage of this is that our dog smells the scented fragrance (good for humans but annoying to pets:). Please do not use DEET because it can be very toxic if the animal licks the product.

7.  To travel with your pet with car safety in mind : Do not leave windows completely lowered because the car may receive unwarranted visits from insects , dust and debris that can lodge directly into the eyes of your pet. Some dogs may also be tempted to jump out of the moving vehicle . By the way, do not drive with your dog free in the box of your truck for the very same dangerous reasons.

8.  Everyone knows, most dogs love to swim , but the risk of drowning is still very present , especially with aboveground pools . So if you are lucky enough to have a pool , keep an eye on your dog when he goes outside .

Enjoy the season and spend quality time with your pet in the open air . We hope these tips will help you have a great and safe time.