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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 (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: 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: 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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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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