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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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City requests public input for review of Kingston’s Animal Control Bylaw

Attention all pet owners! The City of Kingston is currently seeking input on a number of proposed new provisions of the Animal Control Bylaw. The purpose of the Animal Control Bylaw is to ensure the safety of people and animals. The City is required to regularly review the Animal Control

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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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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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Heat warning issued for Kingston and the area

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Kingston and the area on Friday, Jul. 5, 2019. “A heat event will continue into Saturday. A hot and humid airmass is expected to remain in place into Saturday. Daytime maximum temperatures into the low 30 with humidex values near 40 can

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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: 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: 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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