Care Instruction Sheets

Why Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance can give you peace of mind in the event your pet is ill or has an accident. It can also help reduce the financial stress of providing necessary medical attention to your pet in the even of an emergency. As with our own health care, providing proper veterinary care in the even of an accident or serious illness can be costly.

Spay and Neuter Surgery Recovery Instructions for Cats and Dogs

Thank you for spaying /neutering your pet! Although it is a common procedure recommended for all animals, please remember that your pet has gone through surgery and will need proper care to recover, including a clean, warm and dry place indoors. A little extra TLC during the first days at home will help keep your pet comfortable and speed up his/her recovery.

Quality of Life Questions

The decision whether to pursue additional treatment or consider euthanasia can be one of the most difficult decisions facing pet owners.  Our emotions can sometimes “cloud” our judgment making it difficult to make the best decision for our valued animal companions. This handout is designed to help you consider the quality of life of your pet and to help make you aware of options that exist if it is not the right time for euthanasia.  Answer each question with a yes or no.

Vaccination for Your Dog

Rabies ***Human Risk***

Vaccination For Your Cat

Rabies ***Human Risk***

The Importance of Spaying and Neutering

Throughout Canada too many dogs and cats are euthanized (put down) because homes cannot be found for them. Pet overpopulation is a a serious problem. Pet owners must take responsibility for their companion animals by having them spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are safe surgical operations that prevent animals from reproducing.

The Cost of Pet Care

Not long ago, medical treatments such as joint replacement, chemotherapy, root canals and MRI were reserved for human patients. Fortunately for our pets, that is no longer the case. Today, advanced diagnostic tools and treatments are available for our animal companions.

Obedience Training

Proper training can usually prevent such behavioral problems as jumping, biting or excessive barking. Training can begin as early as eight to 12 weeks. Training should be a fun and positive experience for both you and your puppy. A puppy should learn to wear a collar, walk on a leash and come when called.

Basic Grooming

Grooming is important to your dogs health and happiness. Different breeds will have different grooming requirements however every pet owner should be able to do basic grooming at home. Regular grooming can help prevent skin disease, overgrown and broken nails and ear infections.

Resources for New Puppy Owners


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