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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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A night out in support of finding ‘a forever home for every animal’

Everyone loves a fancy night out, sipping champagne and enjoying some gourmet nibbles, but those nights are so much better when they’re in support of a good cause. That’s precisely why local real estate broker Jessica Hellard is hosting The Forever Gala at The Isabel in support of Kingston Animal

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POLL: Kingston’s best pet store

Research suggests that there are pets in around 60% of Canadian households. All those pets need to be fed, entertained, and cleaned up after. Some may feel the need to be fashionable (disclaimer: I don’t think pets need to be fashionable). And it’s not just dogs and cats: plenty of

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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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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: What lurks beneath

  Water is an essential part of life. A lot of pets do enjoy it, whether it be swimming, playing with what’s in their water bowl, or just watching it magically drip from the faucet. Yet, it can also harbour some scary things under the surface if we’re talking about

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Easter and pets

  Easter is coming… Much like winter bringing danger for our friends on Game of Thrones, Easter can bring multiple dangers for our animal friends. The fact is, Easter holiday time can be problematic for companion animals for a number reasons. Let’s have a look:   The Easter basket –

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Springtime weight loss for pets

  Spring time is finally here! I know what you’re thinking: warm weather, green grass, barbecues, and getting that beach body. But while you’re working on yourself, let’s not forget about our pets. Let’s face it, wintertime isn’t good for dieting. And while you can totally control your own workout

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Ticks… They’re back!

Ticks! They’re coming… okay, not really, and this is not a cheesy horror film script. Nor do ticks come actively chasing after you or your pet. They also never really left. It is warming up now, so those ticks that were in hibernation (yes, they really didn’t die over winter)

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Pets and antifreeze poisoning

Recently, some food items were laced with antifreeze and left on the side of the street. Why does this matter? Because it’s very likely this was done intentionally to harm an animal with an indiscriminate appetite, or if they have the chance to browse while their owner was distracted. I’m

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Baby on board

Clients have often asked me if I have kids, and the answer has always been ‘Yes, furry and four (or three) legged.’ Yeah, I’m talking about my pets. But exciting news on the way: a human baby will soon be arriving in my home! Whereas I’m really proficient at taking

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Bringing a puppy into a house with a cat

This week, I’m answering another question submitted by a reader, this time about adding new companions to the family. Hi Dr. Llera, My husband and I have two children, and they have been asking for a dog for quite some time. We wanted to make sure it was the right

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Reader question on dog flatulence

  This week, I’m answering another question submitted by a reader!   Hello, I have a black lab who seems to, for the last 6 months or so, be passing horrible smelling gas… nothing has been changed with his diet… he only eats his kibble (Acana dog food), and he

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