July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day

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July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day.
The thought of losing a pet in a fire is unbearable. Just as we should think about our own fire safety plan, we should think of what to do for our pets.
Here are 5 top safety tips to ensure you and your pet have the best to prevent and know what to do during a fire:
1. Use flameless candles. Pets are often fascinated by the glow of the candle and their curiosity could cause them to burn themselves or knock over a candle causing a fire. Always use caution with firepits, barbeques and wood burning fireplaces.
2. When leaving your pet home alone, ensure they are kept in areas that are close to entrances so that firefighters do not have to search the whole home for them. Close doors to bedrooms etc. so pets will not have access to rooms they do not need.
3. Keep electrical cords out of reach. Dogs and cats love to chew! If they chew on electrical cords, this could spark a fire or cause serious harm through electrical shock.
4. Have a fire alarm that is connected to a monitoring station that will alert the fire department about smoke or fire detected, even when you are not home. Minutes count in surviving smoke and fire.
5. Place a sticker in your window to alert firefighters that you have a pet in the home. Make sure to write how many pets on the sticker. If you would like a cling for your window, you can visit Lockerby Animal Hospital to obtain one.

Dr. Chad Wilkinson Speaks About Internal Parasites in Pets

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Many of us may not want to think about parasites that live in our pets but once they are identified, there is often a very easy way of treating them before they become transmitted to other pets or humans.  A yearly fecal sample is a great way to ensure your pet is parasite free.  To learn more, watch this video of Dr. Chad from Lockerby Animal Hospital and Rebecca Nobrega of CTV Northern Ontario discussing internal parasites in pets.  

Dr. Chad Wilkinson Discusses Kennel Cough Cases In Northern Ontario

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Lockerby Animal Hospital has been seeing an increased number of kennel cough cases over the last few weeks.  It is a condition that affects the upper respiratory tract of your pet often causing them to have a dry, hacking cough.   Dr. Chad Wilkinson speaks to CTV Northern Ontario’s Rebecca Nobrega about kennel cough, its symptoms and how to prevent it and treat it.  Click here to watch.  

Dr. Chad Wilkinson Speak to CTV Northern Ontario About How To Trim Your Pet’s Nails

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Have you ever wanted to know how to trim your pet’s nails?  Dr. Chad Wilkinson and Bruce the golden retriever demonstrate how you can do this at home.  If your pet is very fearful or can become aggressive and scratch or bite, Dr. Chad recommends you see a professional such as your veterinarian or a groomer.  Watch Dr. Chad trim Bruce’s nails by clicking here.  

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