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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Contagious diseases in your neighbourhood

You may have heard of recent outbreaks of kennel cough or parvovirus around town. Though I have not personally seen such an increase where I work at Kingston Veterinary Clinic, I have talked to a few colleagues around town and I’m hearing similar results. There have been a handful of

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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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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

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: Kennel cough

  Following a number of social media posts discussing how kennel cough is being spread throughout the area, Dr. Ryan Llera took some time away from his newborn daughter to explain what he knows of the situation, and offer some of his insights. Below what he had to say: I’ve

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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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