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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: 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: Winter and cold a safety tips for pets

Winter is upon us and, though you may want to stay inside where it’s warm and curl up by the fire or under a blanket, your dogs still need to get outside to at least use the bathroom. Admit it, we all probably gain a little weight over the holidays,

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Pets and New Year’s Resolutions

  Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!! After the fun of the parties, either more fun is ready to be had or a challenge, depending on your point of view. While people often make resolutions to eat better, work out more, or stay in better touch with friends, it

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Kingtonist’s Wizard of Paws: Reader question regarding flea treatment

In this post, I’ll be addressing a question I received from a reader. Hi. I’m curious about the drops for fleas. Is there anywhere I could get this without paying an exam fee just to get them? If not, then I’m curious why. Because my cats are going to be

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Walk-ins at veterinary clinics

Veterinary medicine is an exciting field with every day being different from all the others. You never know what’s going to happen and that’s part of the reason I signed up for this job almost 20 years ago. Most veterinary clinics are happy to schedule you an appointment to address

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Pets: dogs and joints question from reader

  In this post, I’ll be addressing a question I received from a reader: “Lately, I’ve noticed that there’s a slight popping noise when my dog lifts his leg to pee. It happens with both legs, so it’s not specific to one leg. I know there are a lot of

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Why senior pets are waiting for you

  November brings many key moments of the year… Clock changes, Remembrance Day, the arrival of Santa, and, if we’re unlucky, that messy stuff we call snow. In the animal world, it’s been accepted as Adopt a Senior Pet month. This might seem contrary to popular belief that you should

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Marijuana and your pets

Marijuana is now legal for you to use. For years, people have been lighting up and living in constant fear their stash would be discovered or worse, eaten by their pets. Behind all the new legalization is the potential medical benefits for people, but what about pets? No, I’m not

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Even pets have breasts

October is widely known is Breast Cancer Awareness month for people. Well, lately it’s also become a month to raise awareness for the risk of breast cancer in pets too! Yes that’s right, Fluffy and Bella can also get breast cancer. Unlike women though, your pets can’t check themselves for

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Safety tips for Thanksgiving weekend

And so it begins… the festive holiday season! Awesome food, cooler weather, changing of leaves, and family gatherings. In all the bustle of the season, your pets can often get put off during the hectic happenings, and you want to make sure they stay safe. Food – just say no!

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Be Kind to your Vet Staff

Author’s note: I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time, I just wasn’t sure the best way to get the message across. However, with the recent news of local paramedics being attacked, it’s time to share this information from a veterinary perspective, as our profession is no stranger

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