Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why Neutering Is Good For Your Male Dog

There are so many good reasons to spay or neuter your pet. The best known reason is helping to reduce the unwanted pet population, but did you know that neutering can help to protect your dog’s health? Take the example of Fionn MacCool. Fionn, an unaltered male of approximately

What to do if your pet is missing

By Lori Trudgeon If you lose your pet, here are some of the things you can do to bring him/her home again. These resources are also useful if you find a lost pet: Contact your local humane society, municipal pound, and veterinary clinics in the area (especially the emergency vet

The Story of Thorpuppy – From Rescue to Therapy

By Eileen Bona, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Director of Operations, Owner and Founder of Dreamcatcher I started an Animal Assisted Therapy program in 2003 and bought two loving puppies to assist me in my journey: Axle, a bounding black Lab and his companion Brandy, a tan-coloured Border Collie. Axle and

Physically disabled pets can live with dignity and comfort

  by Lori Trudgeon It wasn’t until I became a SCARS volunteer that my eyes were opened to all the possibilities for helping physically disabled pets continue to live fulfilling lives. I have learned there are many ways to help animals that have disabilities such as blindness, limb amputations

Ask the Emergency Veterinarian: Do You Have a Pet First Aid Kit?

In addition to owning a pet license, taking your pet for regular exercise, and feeding them a healthy diet, one of the key aspects of owning a pet is to know what to do in case of a health emergency. Having an emergency pet first-aid kit is an important

Common Illnesses in Rescued Dogs

Canine Distemper Canine distemper is a viral disease that is often fatal. Distemper is most commonly seen in puppies 3-6 months old. Early signs resemble a severe cold. The vaccine for canine distemper is considered very effective. All dogs entering SCARS are checked for signs of Canine Distemper and

The Dog and the Turkey

By Eileen Bona, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Director of Operations, Owner and Founder of Dreamcatcher This story is a true account of an intriguing relationship between a dog and a turkey. Both animals are therapy animals who help children and youth at risk or with multiple mental health diagnoses and behavioral

Puppy Nipping & Mouthing

By Rachelle Reichert Courtesy of Pet Rescue Magazine  Puppies use their mouths to explore their environment. They frequently interact with one another by using their mouths and paws. They learn from their mother, littermates and other dogs at a very young age what mouthing is acceptable or unacceptable. This