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

Closed Monday, February 19th for Family Day!

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What are your Family Day plans? The Kingsway Animal Hospital wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend. Please note that the clinic will be closed on Monday, February 19th.

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.

A Kissable Mouth for Valentine’s Day!

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February is Dental Health Month and we consider it a perfect time to bring awareness to the importance of your pets’ oral health.

We invite you to take advantage of a promotion running through the month of February.  Let’s work together to give your pet the gift of a kissable mouth for Valentine’s Day.  We would like to offer all dental cleanings and polishes scheduled during the month of February at  a  cost of $549.00+HST, a 10% savings.

It is important to recognize the signs of dental disease before they become a major concern and start to affect other organs such as the heart and kidneys. Bad breath, bleeding or inflamed gums, pawing at the mouth and loss of appetite may be signs of periodontal disease. When left untreated, it not only can lead to infection of the mouth, but can pose a risk for bacteria to be introduced to other parts of the body. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends an annual dental prophylaxis to remove the dental plaque and tartar that build up on your pet’s teeth throughout the year-just like with us!

Please contact the clinic to give your pet a kissable mouth. 

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 

 

2018 Calendars are here – Patients of The Kingsway Animal Hospital!

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Our MUCH ANTICIPATED PATIENTS OF THE KINGSWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL CALENDARS ARE HERE!

Get your copy in clinic with any $10 or more donation to The Farley Foundation.

At The Kingsway Animal Hospital we try our best to help our clients, but sometimes it is not enough. That is where the Farley Foundation steps in. Over the past 15 years, the Farley Foundation has disbursed over $3,400,000 to help more than 8,000 pets in need by providing non-elective veterinary care.
Please help us support the Foundation’s important work by visiting us in person for a copy of our 2018 Patients of The Kingsway Animal Hospital Calendar. Receive a copy with any $10 or more donation to the The Farley Foundation. If you can not make it into the clinic for a calendar but would still like to donate, please use this fundraiser page to make an online donation. All donations over $15.00 will receive a tax receipt

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.

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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.