Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Have a Safe and Happy Festive Season


From all of us here at Canadavet.com to all of our customers and their beautiful pets, we wish you a wonderful festive season. May you spend it with family and friends (and pets) and may all your New Year be full of blessings!


We'd also ask with this Christmas pet poem, that you remember those pets less fortunate then your own:

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,

every shelter is full ~ we are lost but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care.
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call, "come here, Max and Sparkie ~ come fetch your new ball!" But now we just sit here and think of the days..... we were treated so fondly ~ we had baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew ~ now we're no longer young, and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like trash, they reacted so quickly ~ why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call", we "bark when they leave us," "climb over the wall."
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed, now we suffer the consequence of the error they made.

If only they'd trained us, if only we knew... we'd have done what they asked us and worshipped them, too. We were left in back yard, or worse ~ left to roam... now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us of here and they kissed us good-by.... "Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone.... in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat, with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer.... we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads.... of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears ~ our friends filled with emptiness, worry and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at your inn ~ cold you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year ~ can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to play for the heat.... and help us get something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live, and more of us will, if more people give.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Doggie Treats

Most of us know that human Christmas treats are not suitable for pets,  and some can be downright dangerous, but if (like us) you want to give your pets a little something, here are a couple of our favorite simple recipes for dogs and cats you might like to try:
 
Easy to make dog treats for Christmas

Meaty Twists for Dogs
Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1 jar strained beef baby food
  • 1 beef bouillon cube*
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

 *for a chicken flavor substitute - chicken baby food and chicken bouillon cube

 

 Method: 
  1. Dissolve bouillon cube in water.
  2. Sift dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Add milk, egg, oil, beef and beef bouillon.
  4. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut in 1/4 inch by 3 inch strips, twisting each stick before placing on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 35 - 40 minutes at 400 F.
  8. Store in refrigerator.

 Catnip Cookies for Cats 
Ingredients:  
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
  • 2-4 tablespoons of catnip
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 egg

 Method: 
  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350 F
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and work it into a dough.
  5. Lightly flour the counter or other work surface.
  6. Remove a portion of dough and use a rolling pin to uniformly flatten the dough to a thickness between 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch.
  7. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a rolling pizza cutter or a cookie cutter of your choice.
  8. Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are crisp and lightly browned.

 We are sure your pets will enjoy these simple and easy to make home made Christmas pet treats.



 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sharing the Community Spirit

At CanadaVet.com we have a lot to be greatful for, and one of the things we are most greatful for is how much "stuff" we have. And of course, as we move in to the gift giving season, we will be getting even more "stuff" from friends and family.

A few years ago, we decided that instead of some of the "stuff" we'd be giving during the holidays, we'd give a different sort of gift, and make a donation to a needy cause in the name of our staff and customers, and this year we've done the same, donating a stable of animals to a needy village in Africa in the name of CanadaVet.com, our customers and staff through World Vision.

World Vision does great work in communities throught the world, and in particular, giving a "hand up rather than a hand out". To read about the great work World Vision does, you can visit their website.




Travelling with your pets this festive season?

For pets, travelling in the car is the equivalent to putting a human on a roller coaster, so you need to make travelling in the car for your dog, cat or other pet as enjoyable as possible.

Pet Transport has sure come along
way in the last few years.

The first thing when it comes to pet car travel is safety. Unfortunately many pets die each year in car accidents because they are not properly restrained. The best way to restrain dogs is either through specially designed dog car harnesses which clip on to seatbelts or by using a pet transport container. Letting your dog stick her head out the car window is a no no!

Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals should be transported in a sturdy carry case or other purpose designed pet carrier. Birds can travel in their cage in the backseat with the seatbelt through the handle of the cage.

Make sure you cover the cage and empty out the food and water so they don't spill.

The first couple of times you put your pet in the car, pat it for a few minutes and then take it out. Don't reward them for fretting - if they do, just take them for a short walk and then try again.

If your expecting to drive for a few hours, be sure to prepare your pet before you go. Take your pet for a test drive. In the first 30 minutes, if your pet shows signs of fear, speak to your vet about a travel plan and make sure you take a break every half an hour and a long break every two hours.

The biggest cause of motion sickness in dogs and cats is not being able to see outside. Reduce motion sickness by letting them have a view and avoid feeding them too much or having too much water before travelling.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wishing You and Your Pets a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Everyone here at CanadaVet.com would like to wish all our US customers and their pets a safe and happy thanksgiving.

Remember, thanksgiving is a time of eating and enjoying with family,and pets are our family, but they do have some special rules and requirements. For some great pet thanksgiving advice, please click here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Winners of the 2010 Annual CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest Announced

The winners of the 2010 Annual CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest have now been decided and we are happy to be able to announce who they are! Thank you to everyone who participated in this community pet event and congratulations to our winners. We have all thoroughly enjoyed sharing and voting on all of these great pet photos!

Also, we would like to announce that we have heard your suggestions and we will be running our next annual pet photo contest in March next year, with special prizes for themed photos such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The holiday season is a time when we are all taking plenty of photos with our friends, family and pets anyway, so we have decided that early next year will be a perfect time to run the contest. So be sure to get lots of photos of your pets in the coming months to have them ready to submit in March 2011!
Click here to view the winners of the 2010 Annual CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Pet Quotes

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." - Winston Churchill

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Video: CanadaVet.com Pet Photo Contest 2010 Shortlist

We have now compiled a video of all the shortlisted photos from the CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest for you to view. We hope you enjoy!
To view all of the other great photos that were submitted for the contest, go to www.facebook.com/canadavet.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Queen Elizabeth's Corgis

Her Majesty the Queen visited Canada recently, and during the visit, we got to thinking about what  her dogs do while she is away? CanadaVet.com decided to find out!

The current Queen is, of course, associated with the Corgi. According to the official Royal website, the breed was introduced to the Royal Family by her father, King George VI, in 1933 when he bought a Corgi called Dookie from a local kennels. The animal proved popular with his daughters and was described as ‘unquestionably the character of the Princesses’ delightful canine family’ and ‘a born sentimentalist’. A second Corgi was acquired called Jane who had puppies, two of which, Crackers and Carol, were kept.


For her eighteenth birthday, The Queen was given a Corgi named Susan from whom numerous successive dogs were bred. Some Corgis were mated with dachsunds (most notably Pipkin, who belonged to Princess Margaret) to create ‘Dorgis’.

At present, The Queen owns four Corgis: Linnet, Monty, Willow and Holly and three Dorgis: Cider, Candy and Vulcan.


And the official answer to our question about the Queen's pets while she is away? The Palace advises that the Queen’s corgis travel with her to the various residences within the UK, with Her Majesty looking after them herself as much as possible given her busy schedule, but unfortunately they are unable to travel with her on her trips outside Britain and are cared by appropriately trained Palace staff.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pet Photo Contest Is Now Closed

The 3rd annual Canadavet.com Pet Photo Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone for the thousands of wonderful photos which were submitted. We're working hard to choose the winners and like every year, we know this is going to be a difficult exercise.

We'll be announcing the winners soon, but in the mean time, if you'd like to see some of the great submissions, take a look at our Facebook page.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Still More Dog Quotes

"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

Everyone at CanadaVet.com whould like to wish our customers a very happy Thanksgiving day!

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.


The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to China. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours.

After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.

Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...

"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

CanadaVet.com call centre staff will be working on Canadian Thanksgiving.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dog Friendly Signs

Ok, the whole world knows that Canadians are dog lovin' types. But when one of our readers sent us this photo from Oak Bay, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the Canadian Province of British Columbia, even we were impressed!




And of course, its a cute and funny way of reminding everyone that its important to pick up after your dogs.

If you'd like to know more about the wonderful community of Oak Bay, take a look at its official website.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Favorite Cat Quotes

"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."- Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Annual CanadaVet Pet Photo Contest is Finally Open!

We all love cute photos of pets!

And judging by the success of our photo contest in past years, we know our customers do too! Here is your chance to share your beautiful pet photos and maybe win some great prizes.

Just like every year, the contest has two entry levels; one for adults and one for children 12 and under and it's free to enter! Also, this year for the first time we will be awarding the People's Choice Award for the most popular photo on Facebook!

The contest starts on September 15th, 2010 and closes midnight, October 15th, 2010 (PST) – so get your camera ready and start submitting your photos!

Click here to find out how to submit your photos and to read the rules of the competition.

Click here to submit your photo via Facebook (Remember to click the Like button on the page and then post your photo on the wall with the photo title and description).

Click here to view last year's winners.

Click here for some handy tips on how to photograph your pets.

CanadaVet is Now on Facebook!

We are proud to announce that the CanadaVet community page is now up and running on Facebook and we would love for you to come and join in on the conversation with us.

The new Facebook page will allow us to communicate more directly with our customers and to provide them with exclusive offers and promotions, as well as being a place for us to share stories, articles, jokes, funny pictures, pet news and advice, and anything else pet related.

So come and visit our page and leave us a comment, post an image of your pet, participate in our discussions, or even start your own.

And don't forget to click the on the Like button and to share the page with as many pet lovers as possible.

Click here
to check out the CanadaVet Facebook page.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Doggy Hotel Ambassadors

Isn't interesting that you can spend so much time in a city and still learn new things. Just the other day I stopped in to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a coffee at the invitation of of a business colleague, and I was surprised to see two beautiful labradors sitting comfortably beside the check-in desk. I was told that Mavis and Beau had been guide dog trainees, but it turned out that helping guests check-in suited them better.

Now most anyone who has been to Vancouver knows that the city loves dogs, and there are many dog friendly hotels which allow people guests to bring their dogs, but this is the first time I've seen a 5 star hotel with dogs that work there!

What's more, it turns out that Mavis and Beau are just two dogs that "work" in the Fairmont chain of hotels across Canada.

To read more about the Fairmont dogs, click here.

If you have a hotel that you know of that has a dog, cat or other pet helping at the check-in desk, we'd love to hear from you.

Friday, August 20, 2010

More Dog Quotes

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dog - A Caveman's Best Friend!


We all know that dogs are man’s (and woman’s) best friend. But scientists have recently discovered evidence that this relationship has existed for thousands of years!

Scientists have recently identified 14 000 year old remains in an inhabited cave in Switzerland as belonging to a domesticated dog – clearly distinguishable from wild wolves, and clearly showing that dogs were part of the caveman family.

Imagine the scene – 14,000 years ago, and the cavemen and women are living in the high Swiss alps. The winters are long and cold. Why wouldn’t our loyal best friends be invited into the cave with us, to huddle around the fire, to warm our feet and to share our protection against the harshest elements? In fact, the Australian Aboriginals, who also had domestic dogs in their camps, referred to the harshest winter nights as “three dog nights” – that’s how many dogs you would need to snuggle to keep warm!

The relationship would have given immense benefits to both parties. Our doggie friends would have benefited from their relationship with their caveman owners – this would have been a safe place to shelter, the food was better and more reliable (humans’ upright gait gives them a larger range over which to see potential prey and predators and humans’ colour vision gives us better visual discrimination (at least by day)) and our ability to make fire would have kept our dogs warm and safe at night too! Caveman would have benefited, not only from the companionship of a pet and the warmth of a dog to snuggle, but the dogs would have improved sanitation (by cleaning up waste and scraps), acted as guarddogs, using their acute hearing and (most significantly) would have been used to considerable advantage in hunts.

In fact, the spread of humanity throughout the world may owe a lot to the pet dog as well. Scientists also think that emigrants from Siberia likely crossed the Bering Strait with dogs in their company, and some experts suggest that use of sled dogs may have been critical to the success of the waves that entered North America roughly 12,000 years ago. These discoveries again underscores the close bond between an owner and their dog.

As I lie back on the couch tonight, with my doggy foot warmer, I’ll be remembering that my dogs really are part of my family, and it’s been this way for thousands of years!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Is it Real?

This great photo caught my eye - is it real I thought?














The answer is, unfortunately, "no it's not". This is one of the photos from the book "Translocation" by photographer George Logan. Mr Logan has taken photos of African animals and transposed them in to locations in England and Wales. Certainly interesting way of looking at things.

All profits from the book go to an African animal charity.

For more of these great photos, visit Mr Logan's website.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Would my pets benefit from taking vitamins?

A growing trend has recently been emerging with more and more pet owners now giving their pets vitamins or supplements to improve their health.

The benefits of vitamins for humans have long been known, but it is not until recent years that we have passed these benefits on to our furry friends.

A recent survey found that 41% of owners are now giving their pets vitamins or supplements in some form to assist with a range of different ailments, from aiding in recovery to boosting their general health.

Astonishingly, the survey also found that a small number of owners had been giving their pets human vitamins, which is something that should never be done. Pets should never be given human medicines of any kind as they have been specially formulated for the needs of humans. In some cases, human vitamins or supplements can even be toxic to pets.

Instead, there are many great vitamins and supplements on the market designed specifically for pets. There are vitamins to provide joint support for pets with arthritis, vitamins to maintain healthy skin and coats, vitamins to reduce nervousness and anxiety, and vitamins to maintain gastrointestinal health, and much more.

For this month only, CanadaVet is giving their customers 30% off their entire Vetalogica vitamins and supplements range with the purchase of any flea or tick control product. Just use the coupon code "FLEAPLUS" on the checkout page when making your purchase. Click here for more details.

You can view our full range of vitamins and supplements for pets by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Man's Best Friend

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Groucho Marx

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

AKC Welcomes 3 New Breeds

Effective from June 1, 2010, the American Kennel Club has given 3 new breeds full AKC recognition.

The Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger are the 165th, 166th, and 167th breeds to be recognized by the AKC.

There are a number of factors the AKC considers in making a decision to formally recognise a breed including documentation that the breed in question has been breeding true for many generations, with accurate record keeping; evidence that there is sufficient interest in the breed throughout the United States; and a national club in place that meets AKC requirements to act as the parent club for the breed.

The Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed and is distinguished by his noble, majestic and powerful presence. The Cane Corso is easily trained, and affectionate to his owner and family.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native dog of Iceland, and in the past has been indispensable to the Icelandic people. A playful, inquisitive, hardy and agile dog, the Icelandic Sheepdog adapted its working style to Iceland's local terrain and farming techniques.

The Leonberger is a calm, graceful, non - aggressive breed, originally bred as a family, farm and draft dog. Today the breed makes a reliable family companion and are often called the "nanny" dog because of their affinity for children.

Here is a complete list of the breeds currently recongized by the AKC:

Affenpinscher
Afghan Hound
Airedale Terrier
Akita
Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Australian Terrier
Basenji
Basset Hound
Beagle
Bearded Collie
Beauceron
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Black and Tan Coonhound
Black Russian Terrier
Bloodhound
Bluetick Coonhound
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Borzoi
Boston Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Boxer
Boykin Spaniel
Briard
Brittany
Brussels Griffon
Bull Terrier
Bulldog
Bullmastiff
Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cane Corso
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chihuahua
Chinese Crested
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chow Chow
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Collie
Curly-Coated Retriever
Dachshund
Dalmatian
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogue de Bordeaux
English Cocker Spaniel
English Foxhound
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Field Spaniel
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
French Bulldog
German Pinscher
German Shepherd Dog
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greyhound
Harrier
Havanese
Ibizan Hound
Icelandic Sheepdog
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Keeshond
Kerry Blue Terrier
Komondor
Kuvasz
Labrador Retriever
Lakeland Terrier
Leonberger
Lhasa Apso
Löwchen
Maltese
Manchester Terrier
Mastiff
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Schnauzer
Neapolitan Mastiff
Newfoundland
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwich Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Otterhound
Papillon
Parson Russell Terrier
Pekingese
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Pharaoh Hound
Plott
Pointer
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Pomeranian
Poodle
Portuguese Water Dog
Pug
Puli
Pyrenean Shepherd
Redbone Coonhound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rottweiler
Saint Bernard
Saluki
Samoyed
Schipperke
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Silky Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spinone Italiano
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sussex Spaniel
Swedish Vallhund
Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Whippet
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Yorkshire Terrier

The AKC also has a catagory called the Miscellaneous Class which is intended as an interim stage prior to a breed becoming eligible to compete in a variety group at AKC shows.

Before entry into the Miscellaneous Class, the AKC will work with the national club to determine the variety group to which the breed will be assigned.

American English Coonhound
Cesky Terrier
Chinook
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Finnish Lapphund
Norwegian Lundehund
Rat Terrier
Russell Terrier
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Xoloitzcuintli


For more information visit http://www.akc.org/

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Mom Says My Cat Has Jaundice?

While CanadaVet can't give specific veterinary advice, from time to time we will post a Q&A on our blog where we think the information is of general interest to readers.

Q. Hi, my mom says my cat has jaundice, because her eyes are yellowish. What do I need to do?

A. Jaundice in cats (and dogs) is a concern as it can be an indicator of some underlying serious disease.

Animals with jaundice generally present with a yellowish tinge to the skin, gums, and membranes around eyes. This yellowish tint is caused by elevated levels of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood.

There are a number of complaints which can cause of jaundice. Some serious diseases which cause jaundice include:
  • Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia
  • Feline Infectious Anemia
  • Babesiosis
  • liver disease
  • pancreatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • cancer
If you notice your pet's ears, mouth or the whites of her eyes have a yellowish tinge, please get your pet checked by a vet without delay.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Q & A - Out of Control Kitty

While CanadaVet can't give specific veterinary advice, from time to time we will post a Q&A on our blog where we think the information is of general interest to readers.


Q. Our 8 month old, spayed female kitten is very active. She jumps and dashes around the house most of the day and half the night. She is also very verbal and chew of everything. Could she have a dietary problem?


A. Almost all cats complete their teething by 7 months of age, so we assume your cat has too.



The behaviors you describe are typical of a very active, maturing kitten and are usually nothing to be concerned about.

For such a kitten you should make sure you have her on a diet of canned or dreit food with a high protein content, and consider a fiber supplement or growing cat grass for her.



We doubt she has a specific dieteary deficiency. The chewing is likely to be attention seeking behavior, so make sure she has plenty of attention from you each day, and lots of cat appropriate toys when she's alone.



You might also want to consider taking her out for a walk on a leash. if she'll tolerate it. In extreme cases of over activity, you may wish to consider a calming remedy like Vetalogica Tranquil Formula.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Results Are In!

Our CanadaVet Pet Names Poll has come to a close and we can now reveal the most popular (and most unusual) pet names that our customers have given their furry companions. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun community poll.

Top 10 Pet Names

1. Max
2. Maggie
3. Jake
4. Lucy
5. Gracie
6. Molly
7. Jasmine
8. Shadow
9. Daisy
10. Millie

Top 5 Dog Names

1. Maggie
2. Max
3. Lucy
4. Gracie
5. Jake

Top 5 Cat Names

1. Max
2. Remy
3. Willie
4. Harry
5. Sophie

Most Unusual Pet Names

Baron Von Maxwell Mose (Dog)
Bear (Dog)
Beauregard (Dog)
Casanova (Cat)
Cashew - cuz he's nuts! (Dog)
Chance (Dog)
Chunkey Monkey (Dog)
Erick the Red (Cat)
Itsy Bitsy Mae (Dog)
Kitkat (Cat)
Lil Wayne (Dog)
Margarita Tequella Culupa (Dog)
Mi Chiquta Babino (Dog)
Ms. Cluck Cluck (Bird)
Pharaoh (Cat)
Pigeon (Cat)
Pixel (Cat)
Prince Charleston II (Dog)
Promise (Cat)
Red Magic (Dog)
Roosevelt (Cat)
Shiloh (Horse)
Sir Dewar's 12-yr Old Scotch (Dog)
Sir Dunhill Henry (Dog)
Slick Fifty (Dog)
Stranger (Cat)
Tommy Underpants (Cat)
Tutankhamen (Cat)
ZsaZsa (Dog)

So what is in a name?

Pet owners are moving beyond Fido and Fluffy and giving animals the same names as humans. With nine out of 10 of the top pet names being human names, it's clear that more people are thinking of their pets as a substitute child or another member of the family, rather than just a pet.

This growing trend reflects a stronger bond between humans and their pets and represents a major sociological change in the way we view them and their roles.

A hundred years ago, the relationship with our pets was a more utilitarian one. A dog was considered a tool for guarding a house or herding sheep and slept outside or in the shed. Nowadays, they’re more likely to share our beds and have their own Facebook page.

Our growing attachment to our pets may reflect the fact that as we face increasingly hectic lifestyles, we are turning to them more for companionship and unconditional love, while some people are simply now choosing pets over children.

Some not so common pet names found in the poll include Tommy Underpants, Ms. Cluck Cluck and Sir Dewar's 12-yr Old Scotch.

When choosing a name for your pet, we always recommend that you pick one that’s both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out.

Calling out Max or Maggie in a park may be far less embarrassing than calling out Tommy Underpants, Ms. Cluck Cluck or Sir Dewar's 12-yr Old Scotch!

With that said, we all enjoy a good chuckle and I must admit that these more unusual names did bring a smile to the faces of our team here at CanadaVet.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Join in Our CanadaVet Most Popular Pet Names Poll!

Our team here at CanadaVet - who are all pet lovers like yourself - thought it would be fun to find out what the most popular pet names were amongst our customers and we would love for you to be a part of this community poll.

All you have to do is follow the link below and enter your pets' details, and then once we have the results we will publish the 10 most popular names on our blog and in our next newsletter! Click here to enter your pet's name.

Friday, April 16, 2010

How to Throw a Pooch Party - Part 2


If you read our post last month on throwing a birthday party for your dog , you will probably already have started to plan for the big day. Here's a list of things you'll need on the day to make sure your puppy party goes jsut they way you want it too:


  • pooper-scoopers and bags: these are essential and messes should always be cleaned up straight away.

  • water bowls: no matter what the weather, all the guests need to be able to have easy access to fresh water. Make sure you have plenty of bowl, so there are no tiffs over sharing.

  • A good eye: Keep your eyes out for wrapping paper, ribbons or anything else that a dog would consider eating, and ensure its removed immediately.

  • A plan to beat the heat: If its hot, and you aren't near a swimming area, consider bringing a kids clam shell swimming pool (and of course, plenty of towels to dry off your furry friends before they get back in the car).

Now that you have everything you need, how about some doggie party games? Here are a couple of our favorites:

Running Races - Divide the dogs up in to small, medium and large catagories. Get each group to sit at one end of the area with their owner. have a judge at the finish line holding some balls and treats. Let the dogs go on the count of three and have the judge call the dogs. First dog to reach the judge is the winner! Hint: have enough treats for all dogs, not just the first. This helps avoid fights.


Charades - Write a different dog trick on small pieces of paper, fold each up and put in a (dog) bowl. Get each owner to draw out a trick. Then, one at a time, have each owner perform the trick with their dog, until the other partygoers guess the trick. Use tricks like "roll over" and "play dead". Watch the fun as the owners try and get their dog to perform the trick on cue.


Where's Rover - You'll need one towel per dog, and a judge. Have each owner get her dog to take a seat, and throw the towel over the seated dog. See the excitement as each dog tries to wiggle itself out. First dog out wins the prize.


Of course, that's just a sample. We're sure you can think of lots more great games. If your dog has a favorite party game, why not post a comment and share it?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How to Throw a Party for Your Dog - Part 1



Most dogs love a party, so don't be shy holding a birthday party for your dog. In this, the first of a two part article on how to hold a dog birthday party, we take a look at the "essentials" you need ot sart thinking about.



  • What Theme - you have heaps of choices, but many people like dressing their pets in outfits, so how about a "glamour", "super hero" or "international" themes?

  • Who to invite - try to invite dogs that are well socialised and your dog has met before. Also consider the size of the dogs you're inviting - its always best to try and keep to dogs of a similar size to the birthday boy or girl.

  • Party location - An ideal place will have lots of grass and of course be well fenced. You might have the perfect backyard, but otherwise consider your nearest dog friendly park or leash off area. A dog-friendly beach is another good option.

  • What time - remember to keep out of the heat of the day, but too close to evening can make it hard to keep track of the party guests as it gets dark. Mid morning or mid afternoon is ideal.

  • The invitiations - the sky is the limit, but if you're stuck for ideas, white cardboard cut out in a bone shape is a perenial favorite.

  • Doggie Treat bags - A nice way to end the day is to send doggy guests home with a bag of dog treats. A ready to eat, pre-packaged dog bone or bunch of treats is a nice momento.
Now that we've given you enough to start planning, make sure you visit again soon, because in part 2, we will look at some what you'll need on the day and also give you some ideas for some great doggie party games.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Extended Call Center Hours

Due to the overwhelming volumes that we have been receiving through our call center lately, we have decided to extend our hours of operation to now run seven days a week. From now on instead of running from Monday to Friday, our call center will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 6:00am to 5:00pm PST.

These extended hours will be implemented from now through to the end of Summer to accommodate for the peak season.

Our CanadaVet call center has been set up as a place where customers can place their orders, ask any questions about their transactions, or resolve any customer service issues.

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please feel free to contact us on:

Our Toll-Free Phone number: 1-888-691-2268

Our Toll-Free Fax number: 1-888-260-8104

Or email us at info@canadavet.com

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CanadaVet Joke Competition Winner

The CanadaVet Joke Competition has now come to a close and after much deliberation we have selected our winner. It was not an easy job to pick the best one as they were all great, but our team here have had a lot of fun reading the jokes that you have sent in and we would like to thank you for your participation.

So without further ado, here is the winning joke sent in by D. Sobut, Illinois, who has been awarded the $50 CanadaVet Voucher prize:


An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:

'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep...

Can I come with him tomorrow?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Photo Contest

Did you know that each year, CanadaVet.com runs a very popular amateur pet photo contest?

Some of the photos of cats and kittens we received where just beautiful. To see a sample of them for yourself, click on this slide show:





If you'd like to see the winning entries from our 2009 Pet Photo Contest, click here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mad as a March Hare Promotion!


It's Spring Time and at CanadaVet.com we are having a great promotion on all pet vitamins and pet dietary supplements.

CanadaVet.com has a great range of vitamins for dogs and cats and other pets. Whether its the older pet, joint pain, a dull coat or many other issues, vets agree that many pets (just like humans) can benefit from vitamins and supplements. For example, did you know Green Lip Muscle Extract can help in the relief of pain associated with athritis and other joint complaints?

To read more about our latest promotion, click here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wonderful Games

Wow, what an absolutely fabulous Winter Games!

Ok, so the snow did arrive a little later than we had hoped. Also our hearts go out to the family of the sportsman killed early in the games. This will be something that Canada certainly will not forget.

All things considered however (and not JUST Canada beating the USA in the Hockey!) it was a wonderful games and everyone joined and participated in the true spirit of this wonderful event.

We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CanadaVet.com Affiliate Program



Did you know that CanadaVet.com has a great affiliate program in conjunction with Commission Junction?



Why Join the CanadaVet.com Affiliate Program?
  • Help your friends save money by telling them about CanadaVet.com

  • Every day low priced pet meds, and regular promotions, specials and coupons

  • Earn 10% commission on all referred sales

  • Bonuses for high referring Affiliates

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  • Earn commissions from tens of thousands of other retailers through the CJ network

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  • CJ gives heaps of advice and tips on how to increase affiliate returns

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To read more about the CanadaVet affiliate program, click here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day Pet Lovers

The team at CanadaVet would like to wish all our customers and thier dogs, cats and other pets, a very happy Valentine's Day.

On this special day, we hope you take the time to remember all the special pets which have had a place in your heart over the years.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Toothbrush Promotion Ends Soon


Dont forget our Free Toothbrush Promotion. We're giving away a free dentipet pet toothbrush for dogs and cats with every order over $125.
By popular demand, this giveway has been extended to Midnight, 15 February, so hurry, there is just a few days left.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Just 4 Days to the Winter Games

Everyone here at CanadaVet is very excited about the 2010 Winter Games!


Our Canadian office is right in the middle of the action in Downtown Vancouver and we can really feel the buzz. We've also been putting in a lot of work to ensure that while everyone is enjoying the games, the impact on our customers is minimized. We've got remote working plans for our call center team, off site mail processing arrangments, special staff rosters, IT management plans and other contingency plans which (hopefully) will mean that, from a customer point of view, you won't even notice any impact at all.


At this stage, we think that if anyone is impacted, it will only be that small percentage of customers who choose to pay for their orders by check. Due to the security surrounding the venues close to our office, if customers are sending in a check for payment there may be a short delay in receiving them. Arrangements have been made to forward these checks to an outside secure delivery address, however, we would ask for your patience during the winter game time period.



Other than that, there is nothing else that needs to be done but sit up and shout "Go Canada Go" and "Go USA Go". Many of us here agree that it doesn't matter whether it's Canada or the USA who wins the medal count, as long as we beat Russia in the Hockey!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hello and Welcome to the CanadaVet.com Blog

Hello and welcome to the CanadaVet.com Blog.

At CanadaVet.com we've been bringing low priced pet meds to US residents since 2005. In that time hundreds of thousands of Americans have learned that its simply cheaper to buy flea control, tick control, heartwormers, intestinal wormers and other meds for dogs and cats from Canada.

The CanadaVet.com Blog has been set up to help us communicate better with our customers, announce discounts and specials on pet meds and much more, so please stay tuned.

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Year, New Puppy?

If you're starting the new year with a new puppy in your home, here are some things you need to remember to make his or her first days a pleasure for both of you.

Before you bring your new puppy home, check for plants that may be toxic to your dog (consult with your vet if you're in doubt) and pick up any items which may be harmful if swollowed.

Make sure you puppy is microchipped, vaccinated and wormed before you bring him or her home. Be sure to have him or her booked in for a vet check in the first couple of days and make sure your puppy's microchip details are correct.

A collar with an ID tag is also a must and always use a collar and lead when walking.

When choosing a food, look for a premium food designed for puppies, bearing in mind your new pup's size and age and make sure she has fresh water available for your puppy at all times.

Toilet training your puppy can be a challenge. Take your puppy out before bed, after sleeping and eatcing and when it looks around with an urgent expression. Praise your pup when it does the right think but never punish for accidents. At age 12 weeks, consider booking your puppy in to puppy pre-school, where she can socialize and learn basic obedience.

It's important to get dogs used to grooming at an early age, and always use a shampoo designed for puppies as they have sensitive skin.

Puppies need worming every 3 weeks until 16  weeks of age, and then every thee months for life. Start flea and tick treatment at about 8 weeks (depending on the flea control product).