Good Vets Make All The Difference!

Holy smokes, there is only 33 days left until Christmas! Ha, sorry to freak y’all out, had to:P

So today, I volunteered to take my mom’s cat in to her vet’s office to have his ears checked, what I discovered there may shock you: ALL VETS ARE NOT ALIKE.  I’ve never been so thankful to have had 2 amazing vet’s in the time I’ve had my dog. When we lived in Vancouver, we went to Como Lake Veterinary in Coquitlam. Now in the Kootenays we go to Selkirk Veterinary. Both vet’s have been above kind, caring and gentle with my dog. Today, this vet had zero bed side manner, treated me like I knew nothing about anything and his assistant was extremely dis-heartening. I watched as she brutally grabbed my mothers cat and treated him as if he were a meaningless rag doll. Then after overhearing that a dog was licking their bandage in the kennels, I watched as she walked to the kennel and screamed at the dog to “stop it”. After biting my tongue, and completing our appointment, I had to wait, with my terrified cat in tow, for 10 minutes as they figured out who was going to accept my debit card payment and just how much they were going to charge me for this visit. Never again. My mother has since been told to take her business elsewhere. 

It is important to know what you want in a pet care provider, kindness, empathy and gentleness are high on my list–and I won’t settle for less. Figure out what is important to you and whether or not you fully trust your provider–you shouldn’t settle for anything less either.

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Poor Pet Parenting At Its Finest!

Recently, I posted about how our dogs are our own little creations. You spoil them–they act spoiled. You treat them like shit-they act like devils. A dog in our neighbour hood was put down this week because he got out of his yard and attacked another dog, near to the point of death. He’s still at the vet’s receiving emergency care for injuries that may end up being fatal.

Background:

The dog that attacked is always left alone with only his doggy sidekick, outside, and has very few social connections to other people, dogs, and even his own family. I viewed this dog as more of a lawn ornament. People in this area seem to think that owning a dog is easy: food, water, done. What people seem to forget is that pet’s attitudes are a direct result of how we treat them.I believe that this dog was bored and out looking for some excitement.

The dog that was attacked has had some behaviour issues in the past, but his owner has worked tirelessly to keep him in check: lots of walks, training, and she tries her best to keep him at home. However, keeping him at home means he is tied up outside. He really didn’t stand a chance once the fight began, couldn’t even run away because he was tied.

Now the owner of the attacked dog told the owners of the other to have him put down. He had been showing signs of aggressiveness recently with more and more people, it was probably a matter of time before he bit someone. Do I think he was given a fair chance at a good life–no! His owners clearly have no sense, as this is not the first, or second time that they have proven to be terrible pet parents by letting an animal die, or be forced to euthanize a pet.

This is exactly how breeds get bad raps. People treat them poorly and they act out. Such a waste of a beautiful life, but in the end, probably the only solution at this point. People, seriously, your dog starts acting out, find yourselves a good, positive reinforcement trainer and be responsible enough to try to correct the problem. If you are unwilling to treat your dog as if they are your child–don’t get one.

Rest in peace Moose.

‘Tis The Season!

Happy ‘It’s Winter’ everyone! Time to dig out your fur baby’s warm fleecy coats, light the fire, and stock up on eggnog. ALSO, ’tis the season for nasty road salt! Remember to wipe your baby’s paws and bellies after a fun romp outside. Chemicals in road/sidewalk salt can be quite toxic and harsh on skin.

I’d love for y’all to post your fur baby’s santa photos on our Facebook wall!