Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Please note the clinic hours below:

Friday, October 5th – 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, October 6th – 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – CLOSED
Monday, October 8th – CLOSED
Tuesday, October 9th – 8:00am-7:00pm

If you have an emergency while we are closed, please contact the Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto at (416)239-3453. They are located at 150 Norseman St.

Potentially Toxic Algae Found in Etobicoke Waterfront

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Toronto Public Health (TPH) has issued a warning about the presence of a potentially toxic algae along the waterfront in Etobicoke.
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae blooms at the mouth of Mimico Creek and Humber Bay Park East.

Blooms often form a large mass or scum on the surface of the water. It should be avoided because it can make you sick — some species of the algae can potentially produce toxins which are harmful to humans and animals.

Drinking or coming into contact with water that has sufficient amounts of the algae in it can cause headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, skin rashes and mucous membrane irritation.

Please take precautions with you and your pet when visiting Toronto’s waterfront. If you or your pet have come into contact with the algae and are having any symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

New Pets and Ticks Website for Relevant Information.

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In 2016, Dr. Scott Weese of the Ontario Veterinary College launched the Pet Tick Tracker to help monitor changes in tick populations. Through this online tool, pet owners could submit reports of tick findings – and the response was overwhelming! He’s now teamed up with Dr. Katie Clow to create Pets and Ticks – a comprehensive website that brings the Pet Tick Tracker together with up-to-date, evidence-based information on ticks in Canada.  

Visit the website here : Pets and Ticks

Canine Influenza: Ontario

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H3N2 canine influenza has been identified in two dogs in Essex County, Ontario. The dogs were imported from Asia (via the US) in late December and were showing signs of respiratory disease the following day when they were examined by a veterinarian. A small number of dogs that had close contact with the affected dogs also have mild respiratory disease, but test results from those animals are not yet available.

The investigation and response are ongoing, and at this point, the concern mainly involves the imported dogs and their close contacts. Affected and exposed dogs are being confined by their owners to help prevent further spread. However, dog owners in the Essex County area should be vigilant and watch for signs of respiratory disease in their dogs, particularly dogs that frequently have contact with other dogs.

Please visit the Worms and Germs Blog for more information : Worms&Germs Blog 


Nataly and Peggy’s Story from Guatemala to Canada

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It was love at first cuddle. Maybe they both needed cuddles. Nataly certainly did, after she was thrown out onto the street from the safety of her home in Chimaltenango. AWARE gets these emails all the time: “This poor dog was put on the street by her owners. She is so sweet. We can’t just leave her there. Can you take her, please…” With a critical overpopulation of dogs in the Shelter, Xenii has become quite good at turning down most of these appeals. Often she talks to the concerned neighbours and between them they come up with a solution that doesn’t involve one more space to find at AWARE, one more mouth to feed, and one more claim on the already over-stretched workforce. This time Xenii just looked at the picture that came with the email, and her heart melted.


The rationalists among you will balk at the mention of Fate, so out of respect for a noble calling I’ll just say – what? Nothing, except Peggy was here as a Volunteer when Nataly arrived scared, timid and bewildered. Peggy picked her up and gave her a cuddle.

But Nataly’s troubles weren’t over. Pretty soon Peggy had to go home to Canada. Of course she wanted to take Nataly with her, but airlines have strict conditions. Nataly needed shots; the endless paperwork had to be obtained – and it was nearly Christmas. Peggy left, alone, and Nataly was on her own again.

One requirement of all airlines involves the weather: at minus 31 centigrade animals are grounded. Come the middle of January, the weather was warming up a bit, but somehow one impediment succeeded the other and Nataly’s stay at the Shelter lengthened week by week, while Peggy, one supposes, was perfecting the art of patience. Finally an all-clear sounded, the paperwork was no longer out of line, and last week the two were reunited. As you can see from the picture, Nataly is recovering nicely from her tribulations.

November is National Pet Diabetes Month

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By Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC

Reviewed by Dr. Peter Kintzer, DVM, DACVIM on Friday, August 28, 2015

Did you know that 1 in every 200 cats may be affected by diabetes mellitus (DM)?

November is National Diabetes Month, and while this month was originally designed to increase awareness of this common endocrine disease in humans, we need to be aware of the growing prevalence of DM in dogs and cats also. Untreated, diabetes mellitus can be fatal in dogs and cats.

In veterinary medicine, there are two types of diabetes mellitus: Type I DM and Type II DM.

Type I DM is when the body doesn’t make enough insulin (which is a hormone that is normally produced from the pancreas), and requires life-long insulin therapy (delivered via a syringe twice a day). This is most commonly seen in dogs – in other words, once a dog becomes a diabetic, he or she is diabetic for life.

Type II DM is when the body has some insulin being produced from the pancreas, but it is an inadequate amount or something is interfering with its ability to be used by the body. This is most commonly seen in cats and can be transient. In other words, if your cat has recently been diagnosed with Type II DM, he or she may only need insulin injections (via a syringe twice a day) for a few to several months, not necessarily for life.

Clinical signs of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Weight loss (most commonly over the back), despite an overweight body condition
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased “whiteness” of the lens of the eye due to cataracts
  • Blindness
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Poor skin condition (like excessive dandruff or an oily hair coat)

Certain breeds are more predisposed to DM. In cats, breeds such as Siamese are over-represented. In dogs, breeds such as the Samoyed, Keeshond, miniature pinscherCairn terrierSchnauzer, Australian terrier, dachshundpoodleBeagle, and Bichon Frise are over-presented.  In dogs, the female sex seems to be more likely to develop DM, with the disease being seen twice as frequently in female than in male dogs. In cats, males are over-represented. DM is typically seen in older pets – typically from 7-9 years of age in dogs, and 8-13 years of age in cats. While juvenile (young) diabetes mellitus can also occur, this is less common.

With DM, the body doesn’t have enough insulin (or the insulin is not effective), which is the hormone necessary to push sugar (“glucose”) into the cells of the body. As a result, the cells of the body are starved, and the body is stimulated to produce more and more glucose as a result. However, without insulin in the body (or being delivered by syringe), the sugar can’t get into the cells. 

The excess sugar that is produced by the body results in the clinical signs of excessive thirst and urination. Untreated, the body develops diabetic complications called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), where it breaks down fat in an attempt to feed the starving cells. These fat breakdown products (e.g., ketones) poison the body, resulting in vomiting, dehydration, inappetance, electrolyte abnormalities, and even too much “acid” production in the body. DKA can be life threatening, and typically requires intensive supportive care (which can be expensive to treat, as it typically requires 24/7 care).

Treatment for diabetes can differ somewhat between dogs and cats in regards to the type of insulin recommended. In dogs and cats, treatment requires twice a day injections of insulin, frequent reevaluations and careful blood work monitoring. Oral medications (called oral hypoglycemic agents like glipizide), which are often used in people are not recommended in dogs and cats. These oral medications do not work in dogs, and usually do not work well in cats either. They are only used in cats, when owners cannot give insulin injections. In cats, dietary changes to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet, along with weight loss and in combination with short-term insulin therapy, may help resolve diabetes (diabetic remission).

If you notice any of these signs (e.g., excessive thirst, excessive urination), please bring your pet into your veterinarian as soon as possible. With diabetes, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. Also, there’s less of a likelihood of an expensive emergency visit for treatment of diabetic complications.

With supportive care, the prognosis for DM is fair to good, although it does require frequent trips to the veterinarian to regulate the blood sugar and dedicated pet owners (who can give twice-a-day injections of insulin).

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always contact the clinic first!


Meet the Team Thursday

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Everyone please meet Caitlyn, if you have not already! You may recognize her from her many years working with us as an animal care attendant. Well, Caitlyn graduated from Sheridan College in the spring and has now become a Registered Veterinary Technician. We are all so proud of her and happy to say that she has now joined our full time team of technicians! Caitlyn was born and raised here in Etobicoke and before going to college she worked as a groomer and trainer for 4 years. She currently lives on a beautiful cattle farm with her 3 cats and her little bunny.


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Now that Summer is officially here, it is time to make sure that your beloved furry friends are protected against all those scary internal and external parasites. Follow us on Facebook and our website for the most informative education on how and what we are protecting them from. Please do not hesitate to contact us at The Kingsway Animal Hospital to confirm that your pet is receiving the best preventives for Heartworm Disease(Click the link for a detailed video) for his or her lifestyle.