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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: 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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Kingston native’s company wins Queen’s UPStart Venture Challenge

It’s not all that common for the founder and CEO of a company to be able to say that company is “Kingston approved,” but for Kerri-Lynn McAllister, when she talks about her company, Pawzy, it’s 100 per cent true. That’s because McAllister’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel is named after the

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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: 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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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: Parasites

Do you see what I see? Yep, that is an immature heartworm (a microfilaria) from a dog. Heartworm disease is real and can be fatal. Fortunately, we don't see high numbers of cases around here but that can change as it warms up. Also, the more dogs on prevention means

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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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