The internet can be a confusing place! Here are some resources and websites that are reliable. Despite this good information, every pet is unique so don’t hesitate to give us a call and talk to Dr. Childs to about any concerns your pet has.

Chronic Kidney Disease

For your information about kidney health, please visit Cornell Feline Health Center’s excellent resource about kidney health and potential diseases.

For information about blood pressure in cats:



Feline lower urinary tract FLUTD


international renal interest society


Dental considerations from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Includes helpful information on preventative cleaning, dental disease, and potential treatments and solutions.

Feline odontoclastic restorative lesion

eyes and ears

Anal Glands

vaccine recommendations:


common viruses in cats:


Feline Leukemia virus infection in cats.

Feline immunodeficiency virus:

Virus testing

Diabetes in cats:

Helpful information on skin issues in pets:










internal (cats only)


feline asthma







Raw vs Cooked Diet


Insurance providers, not a comprehensive list but the most common providers in Canada. These companies are always changing policy specifics and thus owners should always get the most up to date and specific information possible before applying for any insurance.


Canine Immunization Information

Immunizing your dog is an important procedure that in most cases will provide protection against an illness that may be life threatening.  In past years, veterinarians have followed the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines and recommended annual revaccination for diseases that were felt to be a threat to our patients.  Recent studies have shown that annual revaccination may not be necessary for some diseases because many dogs are protected for three years or longer when vaccinated.  Although most dogs do not react adversely to vaccination, some have had allergic or other systemic reactions after receiving a vaccine.  Rarely, the allergic reaction can be so profound that it may be life threatening.  Certain immune mediated diseases such as hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by red blood cell destruction), thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet numbers), and polyarthritis (joint inflammation and pain) in dogs may be triggered by the body’s immune response to a vaccine.

Vaccinating your pet should not be taken lightly.  Failure to vaccinate could result in your pet contracting a serious preventable disease. However, unnecessary vaccinations should be avoided. A decision to vaccinate should only come after your dog’s age and the risk of exposure to disease are considered by you and your veterinarian.  Vaccinations given at the appropriate age and at the appropriate intervals will greatly benefit your pet and protect it against some life threatening diseases.

The following vaccines listed are considered “core” and “non-core” by the American Veterinary  Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical  AssociationAmerican Animal Hospital Association,  and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  The University of California at Davis and North Carolina State University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine also recommend vaccine protocols that consider core and non-core vaccinations.  All pets should receive core vaccinations with boosters at appropriate intervals to be determined by exposure risk related to your pet’s life style. Non-core vaccinations should not be used routinely and are only administered if your pet’s exposure risk warrants it.


Core vaccinations for dogs:                                  Non-core vaccinations for dogs:                     

__Canine Distemper                                                 __Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

__Hepatitis (Adenovirus-2)                                      __Lyme  Disease

__Parainfluenza                                                        __Leptospirosis

__Parvovirus enteritis



Puppy vaccination series: Puppies receive a series of vaccinations at 3-4 weeks intervals in order to insure that they are developing a protective immune response on their own.  Maternal antibodies derived from the first few days of milk while nursing their mother will give the puppy a temporary immunity that may interfere with development of a protective immune response to the vaccine.  This temporary immunity when present will persist in some puppies for as long as 20 weeks.