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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.

Spring : the awakening of nature … and parasites (Updated)

Believe it or not, spring is coming this week ! We think we can all agree : FINALLY ! Unfortunately, during the awakening of nature, that is spring, everything wakes up. Our pets are coming out of a serious downtime called winter. No fleas , no ticks, no heartworms and less intestinal parasites. Putting nature in neutral for winter for the better part of four months is good. But now that the weather is on our doorstep , it’s a different story .

With spring comes flowers and... parasites.

With spring comes flowers and… parasites.

Does your pet go outside?

A renowned American organization called Companion Animal Parasite Council ( CAPC ) has issued a list of recommendations aimed at promoting optimal control of the internal and external parasites that threaten the health of people and pets. Indeed, some parasites that affect our pets can also affect the bipeds that we are. If your pet is an indoor pet only and has been declared free of all parasites by your veterinarian , you should not worry and can breath easy. But if your pet goes outside , even for a few minutes and even if it is exclusively in your yard, this column is for you .

Intestinal parasites

Regarding the prevention of intestinal parasites , CAPC recommends treating your pets preventively, monthly and yearly . It is clear that during our tough Quebec winters , presence of fleas and heartworm are almost at zero. However, because ,unfortunately ,not all dog owners pick up their dog’s feces , it is still possible (almost a sure bet) that your dog will become infected from another dog’s duty. In addition, if your cat goes outside and continues to hunt during winter , he’s a prime candidate for contamination.

Since the universal drug that eliminates all parasites does not exist, CAPC also recommends testing the stool of your pet regularly . Four times the first year of life , then twice a year thereafter.

Heartworm

The three endemic areas for this disease in Canada are Manitoba, southern Ontario and southern Quebec . Although the incidence of the disease is not dramatic, a recent study by Dr. Slocombe of the University of Guelph demonstrates that the disease has doubled in numbers of cases since 2002 .

During the summer , mosquitoes can transmit the larvae of the heartworm to dogs and cats . This disease, a cardiovascular heartworm ,can have very serious consequences on the health of your pet . The best way to deal with this disease is prevention.

Although the disease is not always fatal , treatment is very expensive and the risk of major side effects are possible. A way better alternative is to make sure your dogs, cats and ferrets stay protected from it altogether.

After performing a blood test , veterinarians will prescribe your pet a preventive medicine for their specific needs, which will keep it safe from heartworm disease . There are a variety of products available on the market. Some of these products have the advantage of preventing common intestinal parasites, heartworms and fleas. A three in one . What more can we ask for ?

Ticks

The type of tick responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease (and other diseases) is now present in Quebec and more dogs and cats are admitted in consultation ,because of ticks.

The tick feeds on the blood of his victims (mammals, birds, reptiles …). It stings his victim and remains hooked  for a long period. Especially females who need a lot of blood in order to lay their 3,000 eggs ,on average. The mouthparts that are inserted into the skin of the victim to firmly hold the mite in place do not fall easily.

There are now , new and safer tablets that prevent tick infestations and fleas on dogs. If ever you live in an environment where ticks are present ,we strongly recommend you  administer some to your dog during  tick season, ie from June to the end of November. But be careful! Products with permethrin (a solution that is directly applied to the skin) which are still sold by the way, are very toxic to cats and should not be used  in a home where dogs and cats live together. This is not the case for the new anti-protection products and oral chips mentioned above.

Lyme disease is surging in Quebec and  veterinarians of the Lachine Veterinary Clinic recommend that you  have your dog tested for the disease. This can be done at the same time your dog comes in for its heart worm test.

In conclusion, veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic recommend treating dogs preventively against heart worm, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks, and outdoor cats against heart worm, intestinal parasites and fleas, at least once a month from June to November inclusively.

Fleas

Let’s now continue and talk about fleas . All animals that go outside should receive monthly medication to prevent flea infestations . Our animals get fleas by frequenting places that are contaminated with flea eggs . Your yard, under your balcony … In short, any place in which a stray cat , a skunk or a raccoon can go or get into , may be contaminated with flea eggs . In addition to being a major nuisance , fleas can transmit to your pets and mainly to cats , the infamous tapeworm …yikes!

In conclusion, veterinarians from veterinary clinic Lachine strongly suggest treating your dogs and outdoor cats , preventively, against heartworm , intestinal parasites and fleas , at least once a month from the month of June to November inclusively. And ideally, all year round.

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team at 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.

The return of ticks (Updated)

The nice weather has returned, well almost … and so are some of the inconveniences of summer.

Today we want to talk to you about an arachnid, the tick. In the late 70s, these critters were virtually nonexistent in Quebec. Parasitologists mainly warned us that they did exist, particularly south of the border and on the west coast. Things have changed! We now know that the tick is responsible for transmitting Lyme disease and can now complete its reproductive cycle in Quebec. More and more dogs are seen in consultation because of ticks.

Tick found on one of our patients.

Tick found on one of our patients.

For those who do not know, the tick feeds on the blood of his victims (mammals, birds, reptiles …), but not like the mosquito. The mosquito bites its victim, gets engorged with blood and leave after the meal is complete. Instead, the tick bites his victim and remains there for a long period of time. Particularly females who need a lot of blood in order to lay up to 3,000 eggs. The mouthparts of the tick are inserted into the skin of the victim and firmly hold the arachnid in place… the tick will not fall easily.

So the big question is… What should you do if you find a tick on our dog?

There is now evidence that the rapid removal of the tick is probably the best way to prevent the transmission of diseases. But the tick has to me removed correctly. Several tools are available for tick removal. Whichever you use, it is important to grasp the tick as close as possible to the skin. Thereafter, pull up with firm pressure, but constant (do not jerk it!). Once removed, it is necessary to clean the wound with disinfectant soap. Chlorhexidine is a good choice. Keep the tick in a dry container for identification.

Do not jerk, crush the tick or use your fingers to remove it. If you use a small pliers, it must be fine enough to capture the mouthparts without crushing the tick. If the mouthparts remain stuck in the skin, infection can occur.

If you have any doubt, give your veterinarian a call.

There are now ,new and safer tablets that prevent tick infestations and fleas in dogs. If ever you live in an environment where ticks are present, we strongly recommend that you  administer it to your dog during the tick season, ie from June to the end of November. But be careful! Products with permethrin (applied to the skin), which are still on sale, are very toxic to cats and should not be used in a home where dogs and cats live together. This is not the case for the new oral anti-tick and fleas product.

Lyme disease is surging in Quebec, veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic recommend you  test  your dog for this disease. This can be done at the same time as its heart worm test.

In conclusion, veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic recommend treating your dogs preventively against heart worm, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks, and your outdoor cats against heart worm, intestinal parasites and fleas, at least once a month, from June to November inclusively.

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team at 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.

Dog park 101

Many municipalities are now equipped with dog parks. A beautiful initiative. Especially since many towns prohibit dogs, access to public parks. For those unaware, a dog park is a fenced area that allows dogs to stretch their legs without restriction. In fact, in dog parks, our ‘Pitous’ do not need to be on a leash and can play with other dogs and get the exercise they so desperately need.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas ...) and his vaccination must be current.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas …) and his vaccination must be current.

However, certain rules must be followed if you want the time spent at the park, to be enjoyable for everyone. Some dog parks display their regulations at the entrance,those rules apply to the dogs and their masters. Unfortunately, most parks do not. Here are some tips to follow if you decide to make a foray into the wonderful world of dog parks.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas …) and his vaccination must be current. If your pet is sick, make sure he has fully recovered before returning to the park. This is for the well-being of your pet and the well-being of the other animals frequenting the park.

Another important thing to realize, dog parks are not made for aggressive dogs. Unfortunately, many owners  struggle with this fact. Dogs that show aggression towards other dogs should not attend these parks. At least when there are other dogs. If this is the case, bring your aggressive dog when the park is free, usually early morning or late evening. Above all, avoid the weekends!

If this is your first experience, see how your pooch reacts with neighborhood dogs before starting with a pack of overexcited dogs.

Dogs that are terrorized by other dogs have no pleasure  visiting dog parks. Often, these dogs prefer to play with people rather than with other quadrupeds. Do not punish them by forcing them to socialize with other dogs.

That being said, there are techniques of behavioral changes that can help your dog, to not be scared of other dogs, and techniques to tame  warlike tendencies and correct bad characters. Talk to your veterinarian and he may refer you to a specialist in animal behavior.

Even if your dog has the right to play off-leash in the park, it is very important to always watch it. This is not the place to read the newspaper or a book. If your dog  poops,  pick it up immediately (Elementary rule). If  your dog is involved in a skirmish, take immediate action.

Avoid giving treats to your dog when it is in the park. It can sometimes trigger battles.

If your dog has a favorite toy, leave it at home. In the park, offer  a toy that has little value and can easily be replaced.

If you have a small dog and big dogs are in the park at the same time, be careful. It is true that some dogs (especially hunting breeds) have a big prey drive,  but some smaller dogs sometimes tend to pick fights with larger dogs also. The consequences of this can be catastrophic.

Females in heat should not attend dog parks. They can cause battles between males.

Avoid periods of extreme heat and let it drink regularly.

In short, as you can see, all these rules  can easily be summed up in three words: basic common sense! By following these rules,your stay at the dog park will be more enjoyable and safe.

The abandonment of pets

It is well known, the true national sport of Quebecers is not hockey. It is moving.In about two weeks, all trucks in Quebec will be requisitioned for this annual chore. July 1st is a day to forget for motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists traveling in Montreal. Besides  regular roadwork and festivals clogging traffic , the additional moving trucks double parked everywhere ,won’t improve the situation. Fortunately, the bulk of all the moving being done is on July 1st, which is a holiday.

What scares us is that by the time everyone planning to move will be finished moving into their new homes,hundreds of pets will be abandoned by their owners.

What scares us is that by the time everyone planning to move will be finished moving into their new homes,hundreds of pets will be abandoned by their owners.

The reason we apprehend July 1st in this chronicle, is not because we are afraid of being caught in a traffic jam. What scares us is that by the time everyone planning to move will be finished moving into their new homes,hundreds of pets will be abandoned by their owners. A yearly event, that, is terrible.

According to recently published statistics, nearly 45% of Quebec households owns a pet, but on average, these animals are kept for two years …

We know and we are regularly reminded by the fact that organizations protect animals. But regardless,each year, thousands of pets are abandoned. And when moving season and the summer holidays approach, the situation escalates.

For many people who had not thought of that(moving,vacations etc,) before acquiring a pet, these two periods are often problematic.

To make matters worse, with the housing crisis raging in Quebec these days, landlords become increasingly picky and accept fewer tenants who own an animal.

The result is that many animals get abandoned, left on the street or are sent to a refuge, where most of the time they will eventually be euthanized.

How to avoid this carnage?

Before buying a pet, find a solution and plan your absences. There are several solutions: pension specialists, pet stores, veterinary clinics, family, friends. Many hotels even allow dogs. Simply search.

If unfortunately you must move into a home where pets are not allowed, two solutions  are available to you. The Quebec Society for Animal Welfare (SQDA) suggests that you  offer to pay a security deposit to the landlord. In this way, the future tenant ensures that in case of damage caused by his animal to the property, the landlord will be compensated.

If negotiations fail, you need to find a host family for your pet. Animals adapt very well to new families. Euthanasia is not a solution. And like most animals that are left in refuges are eventually euthanized, abandoning your pet in the various shelters across Quebec is not a solution. You should have thought this through. This is your pet, your responsibility.

What about people who do not even  bother to take their pet to the shelter and decide to abandon them in the street? Those people disgust me. A couple years ago, one of our clients, who was moving into her new apartment , found a box full of hungry kittens….

And unfortunately, abandoned animals are rarely sterilized, and therefore contribute in aggravating the problem of stray animal overpopulation.

We invite you to take  responsibility and show good citizenship. Do not let a beautiful season like summer, become an innocent animal’s nightmare.

Cars: Deadly trap during summer.

During the summer, it is not uncommon to see dogs alone in a car with the windows closed.

This is very dangerous! The car can quickly turn into a deadly trap.

At 30 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside your car will climb up to 44 degrees in less than 10 minutes. After half an hour, it can rise above 49 degrees Celsius.

Above 41 degrees, the dog can develop heat-stroke, which can be fatal.

In addition to the lack of ventilation and combined with the sun’s intensity, factors like humidity or the actual color of the car or even the type of seat covers can all increase the risk of heatstroke.

Above 41 degrees, the dog can develop heat-stroke, which can be fatal.

Above 41 degrees, the dog can develop heat-stroke, which can be fatal.

Signs of heat-stroke include, panting quickly, hot and dry skin ,shiny red gums and sometimes vomiting.  Then the animal usually collapses,slips into a coma and death soon follows.

How to avoid it?  Simple: never leave your pet, whatever it is, in your car during the summer.

If unfortunately, your dog was left in the car and it shows signs of heat-stroke: you must immediately lower its temperature, but do it gradually giving him a bath or by spraying it with water.  Then, immediately contact your veterinarian or local emergency services.