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Cooler Weather Means More Fleas

Fleas love hot weather, but as our temperatures, cool fleas are looking for a warm spot to live. This usually means our pets are their first choice to hop on for warmth and stay for a while.

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Rabies Positive Wildlife and Small Animal for the Hamilton Area

As we are all aware, last year we saw an increase in positive rabies cases in wildlife in our area. Here at Clappison Animal Hospital, we are making sure all pets are vaccinated for rabies, plus keeping you informed of the latest results as we receive them.

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Heartworm – What You Really Need to Know

Seriously…do we even have heartworm in Ontario? Unfortunately, we do. There are several hundred cases in Canada each year, with the bulk of them (about 70-75%) being in Ontario – that means over 150 cases within 100 miles of Clappison Animal Hospital were reported in 2014. Don’t forget, these are only the cases that have […]

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Intestinal Parasite (Fecal) Testing

Most intestinal parasites are worms. They live in your pet’s body, growing to adulthood in the intestinal tract. Three of the most common types of intestinal parasite in dogs are Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms. While not all parasites can be passed to humans it is better to be cautious. Parasites can be very harmful to […]

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Heartworm Treatment

So what is Heartworm? Thanks to increased media attention, most people have heard of heartworm but may not understand how it can affect their pets. Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes and affects domestic dogs and wild canids (ex. foxes and coyotes). Cats can very occasionally have a low-level, transient […]

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Diets and Dog’s Hearts

Recently there has been a suggestion of a link with some dogs developing heart disease while eating some foods.  That’s a lot of variables at play. So let’s look at what we do know.

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