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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Why you need a regular veterinarian

Veterinary medicine has never been busier in regards to taking care of animals and growing as a business (yes, it is a business) than over the past year. Currently, we are booking appointments three weeks ahead of time, and surgeries almost two months out. We do leave room for emergencies,

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws gets real on mental health amongst veterinary professionals

You may have seen something different on Facebook lately.  A profile picture with a frame that says NOMV.  You may or may not have this attached message:  “Dear Friends: If you are linked to a person on social media who works in veterinary medicine, you may have noticed them changing

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Pet health during COVID-19 and how vets handle it

We certainly are living in interesting and challenging times. As COVID-19 continues to plague the world, veterinary clinics and our patients are not immune to the effects. Allow me to give you a little insight on some things you can do to help your pets, as well as what kind

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: The doctor has become the patient

I recently had surgery done on myself; nothing major, but it’s given me a different perspective when it comes to how we take care of our own veterinary patients. I just spent three days at the Shouldice Hospital near Toronto for a hernia repair. Overall, things were good, but I

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Reader question on electric fencing

In his latest column, Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws, Dr. Ryan Lleara, answers another reader-submitted question, this time about introducing older dogs to electric fencing. Question: I recently moved from a residence with a secure, fenced yard to a residence where we are not allowed to fence our yard. We are

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Maintaining kindness during the pandemic

We’re just over a month and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic. Things are going okay in our region of Ontario and we’ve done a great job as a community to limit the spread, keeping cases down. As part of that initiative and in part due to government stay-at-home orders,

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Vet clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic

This is a concerning time for many people. And while many people have already been working from home, unfortunately let go from their jobs, or quarantined, our pets have been wondering why they no longer have the couch to themselves in the middle of the day or why their staff

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Reader question on dogs and upright ears

This week, I’m answering a reader-submitted question regarding her Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy and his ears not standing upright. Hello! My name is Natalie and I have a six-and-a-half-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He was re-homed to us from a lovely family in Kitchener, who made the difficult choice to put

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Tips for visiting your veterinary clinic (Part two)

Admit it, taking your pet to the veterinarian is probably not one of your favorite things to do. Obviously, there are those times when your fur-baby is sick and it’s understandable you’re dreading the visit, especially when the outcome is unknown. Maybe it’s the cost of things that is frustrating. 

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Tips for visiting your veterinary clinic

How many of us like waiting around in our doctor’s office?  Not many, I can imagine…  Now what about the length of time you spend in the veterinary clinic? Honestly, I have always found veterinary clinics to be more personable than most human doctor offices or hospitals, so maybe your

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Cleaning your pet’s food and water dishes

Today I’m answering another reader-submitted question, this time on cleaning food and water bowls for your pets. Hi Dr. Llera, I recently saw a post about the need to clean the “slime” out of your pets’ water and food dishes. The post was specifically about dogs. I grew up in

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Pets and Canada Day

Canada Day is just around the corner! But before you celebrate all that is truly Canadian, let’s take a moment to make sure that our pets are taken care of. Canada Day can be a very difficult time for pets for a number of reasons. For starters, fireworks are a

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