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Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic is dedicated to educating you about your pets and their overall health. Below you will find blog topics listed on several important subjects. Should you not find the answer to your specific question or concern covered in our blogs, please feel free to contact us or pay us a visit in the Toronto area!

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    04/01/2017
    Can Immunotherapy Cure Your Pet of Allergies?

    Unlike pet vaccination, animal allergy shots provide somewhat uncertain results in Toronto, Scarborough and other surrounding areas. Success rates are generally high, but in approximately 20% of cases, the effects of the treatment are minimal or non-existent. Still, allergy shots are worth considering if you have pets who are otherwise healthy but suffering from the effects of environmental allergies.

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  • 13/12/2016
    Treatments for Cat Skin Issues

    When your cat has skin that’s itchy or sore, it can be troubling. The source of your feline’s discomfort may be due to any number of things, and pinpointing the cause isn’t always easy.

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  • 12/12/2016
    Caring for Your Pet after Spaying or Neutering

    After you spay or neuter your pet at our clinic in Toronto, you may wonder how to best take care of your furry friend. It’s a vulnerable time in his or her life, and you want to make sure that post-op care goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some general guidelines to follow, but be sure to check with your vet for any additional recommendations.

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  • 30/09/2016
    How to Hamper Halitosis in Your Pets

    People love playing with puppies and kittens. They enjoy holding them in their arms and watching them explore a world they are already intimately familiar with. Their fur is soft, they smell great, and their energy level is through the roof.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Intro to Pet Sitting: What You Need to Know to Become a Stellar Pet Sitter

    Traveling is often a must, even for pet owners. Many people are required to take business trips, and almost all of us need a vacation every once in a while. A pet can throw a wrench into travel plans, especially if traveling with a pet is too expensive of a travel destination isn’t pet friendly. Enter the pet sitter, the saviour of pet owners everywhere.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Introducing Your Dog to the New Baby

    Having a dog is a lot like having a child. You go to great lengths to care for your dog and you love them dearly. For many couples, the thought of introducing a child into their family dynamic comes with a few anxieties. If you are feeling stressed and asking yourself a lot of questions about this transition, prepare yourself for bringing home baby to meet your dog. Here are some tips for introducing your dog to a new baby.

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  • 30/09/2016
    How to Get Your Pet Ready for the Vet

    If you could recall your first visit to a doctor’s office you would remember feeling out of place. There are unfamiliar smells and sounds. The doctor is using instruments you’ve never seen before. It can be intimidating and your pet can feel the same anxiety. There are some animals who like the attention. However, if you know your animal doesn’t like new situations, this can be a scary experience for them.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Fuzz Free: How to Stop Your Dog from Shedding

    No matter how much you brush a dog's coat, fur still seems to get everywhere. It hides on the couch and on clothes and on carpet. While some dog breeds shed more than others, all dogs shed fur.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Is Getting a 2nd Dog the Right Choice for You?

    Your dog is part of your family, so making the decision to bring in a new family member (or a second dog) is a big one. Will the new dog get along with your current pooch? What extra work comes with having a second pet? We’ll discuss all these questions and more in this post as we explore the different issues that arise when getting a second dog.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Proper Pooch Nutrition

    One of the most common questions pet owners ask their vet is, “What should I feed my dog?”The answer to this question will vary depending on the breed and size of your puppy. However, there are some universal truths for proper pooch nutrition that never change. Here are some guidelines to follow when it comes time to deciding what to feed your dog and what you should avoid.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Alternative Pain Treatments for Your Pet

    It’s never easy seeing your pet go through pain, whether their pain is temporary or chronic. Although today’s modern medicine provides many helpful avenues for pain relief, it’s good to consider all branches of the medicinal tree. Whether new or old, local or foreign, there are countless ways to treat an animal that’s in pain.

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  • 30/09/2016
    11 Signs Your Dog is Stressed

    Stress is a normal part of everyday life—for both humans and animals. Just like people sometimes have a hard time coping with stress, dogs can also struggle in stressful situations.

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  • 30/09/2016
    5 Types of Foods You Should Never Give Your Dogs

    From the first day you brought your dog home, you’ve loved him. As a puppy, all he wanted to do was play. And as he’s grown, you’ve enjoyed his companionship and loyalty. But no matter how old your friend gets, one thing never changes: those sad puppy eyes watching you as you eat.

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  • 30/09/2016
    What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

    Your dog will eat anything. From the most savory dog food to unsecured garbage, your canine with ingest anything it can get its paws on. And as a dog owner, you’re concerned about the things your dog consumes. But high-quality dog foods can be pricey. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to costly dog food, you may only need to look as far as your own refrigerator.

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    30/09/2016
    Be on Guard for Heartworm Disease This Spring

    With spring around the corner, it is important to discuss preventative measures for heartworm disease for your animal companion. Heartworm disease is a serious danger with life-threatening consequences for your dog or cat.

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  • Cat & Dog
    30/09/2016
    Spay and Neuter Your Pets

    The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for both your family and pet. The team of professional veterinarians at our animal clinic in Toronto is here to provide options for a smooth procedure and transition for your cat or dog. Pet owners can rely on our comprehensive veterinary care.

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    30/09/2016
    A Practical Guide to Deworming

    The arrival of a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for any pet owner. To avoid worms and diseases, preventative measures are absolutely necessary. All animal companions need to undergo deworming to ensure a happy, healthy and long life.


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  • Dog Getting Checkup
    30/09/2016
    Animal Spaying and Neutering: The Myths

    Your cat or dog is much more than an animal. They are your companion and best friend.

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    30/09/2016
    Spay and Neuter Your Pet at a Veterinary Clinic for a Safe and Quick Procedure!

    Have you made the decision to spay and neuter your beloved pet? If you are still on the fence about the idea, you should reconsider your options. Spaying and neutering your cat or dog could have significant impacts on their health and behaviour.

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  • Dog
    30/09/2016
    Should I be Worried about Ticks and Lyme Disease?

    You love your pet, and so all the hoopla about Lyme disease leaves you feeling a bit bewildered. Is it a real threat? Can it kill your dog? And how can you prevent it? Read on to learn about the main thing you need to watch out for when it comes to your dog, ticks and Lyme disease.

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  • Cat getting Teeth Brushed
    30/09/2016
    Oral Hygiene for Your Pet

    Dental care is not only important for you but also for your furry best friend too! Taking care of your pet’s oral hygiene is absolutely necessary.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Keep Your Pets Safe from Summer Parasites

    As the heat rolls in, so do summer pests and parasites. Summer brings insects directly to our backyards, homes and felines during peaks of warmth and sunshine. Some bugs are harmless while others can be dangerous to your pet’s health and wellness.

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  • Cat
    30/09/2016
    Fleas: How to Keep Them from Getting on Your Cat

    Fleas are a cat owner’s worst nightmare. These tiny insects feed off your fluffy friend’s blood, causing very itchy and sometimes painful bites. Unfortunately, these little pests are very hard to exterminate: they reproduce at an astonishing rate and they protect themselves with a hard shell on their back!

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    30/09/2016
    Pet Vaccination: A Controversial Issue

    We all want the best for our pet but the ongoing debate surrounding vaccines leaves many of us feeling confused. Are you unsure if vaccination is right for your pet? Don’t worry! This small guide will help you make an informed decision.

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  • Dog
    30/09/2016
    What Causes Hair Loss in Pets?

    It’s normal for dogs and cats to experience some hair loss throughout the year. Shedding has normal seasonal components. For example, at animal clinics across Toronto, we notice more shedding and dry flaky skin on family pets once furnaces go on in the fall and winter. Using a humidifier can help alleviate some of the problem.

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  • Girl and Cat
    30/09/2016
    Protecting Your Pet During the Winter

    Winter is a time of blustering winds, freezing temperatures, snow and slippery ice. These conditions can be fun (for some), but for your pet winter can pose serious health risks.

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  • 30/09/2016
    Playful Pup: The 13 Best Off-Leash Locations in the Toronto Area

    Whether your dog is energetic or easy-going, off-leash dog parks are the perfect treat to keep your pet’s spirits up. If you’re located in or around Toronto, here’s a list of off-leash dog parks and areas to ensure your canine stays active, healthy, and happy.

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  • Veterinary Clinic Toronto - Cat Vaccine
    29/09/2016
    Essential Vaccines for Your Cat

    Bringing home a kitten is a joy that can brighten your entire household. Feline companions often make affectionate, adorable and interesting members of a family. But just like human children, they require us to safeguard their health and wellbeing. This means making sure they eat well, get plenty of exercise, and also get adequate protection from diseases. Pet vaccination is the single most important way you can safeguard your feline from contracting illnesses in Toronto, Scarborough, and other surrounding areas. Depending on your kitty’s breed and lifestyle—indoor or outdoor—the vaccinations suggested will vary some. However, it’s recommended that all healthy kittens receive the following immunization shots for the following fatal cat diseases.

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  • Dog receiving vaccine
    29/09/2016
    Essential Vaccines for Your Dog
    Your puppy bounds through your backyard, a bundle of energy wrestling squeaky toys and proffering sloppy doggy-kisses. Watching your pooch play, it’s hard to imagine anything but the lively canine that’s in front of you. But just like people, dogs can catch diseases and become ill. That’s why it’s important to vaccinate your puppy. Though not foolproof, pet vaccination in Toronto, Scarborough and other surrounding areas is the single best thing you can do to protect your canine from diseases. Depending on your pup’s future plans, the recommended immunizations will vary some, but all dogs—even apartment dwelling Chihuahuas—should be vaccinated against the following diseases.
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  •  Cat dealing with the wintertime blues
    29/09/2016
    6 Tips for Preventing the Wintertime Blues in Your Favourite Feline
    Just like people can feel down due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), so too can your little kitty get the blues when the weather outside is frightful. And while there’s not much you can do to stop winter from coming to Toronto, there are a few things you can do to prevent your fuzzy friend from feeling the effects of wintertime sadness. Keep reading for six great tips from Brimley-Lawrence’s Toronto animal clinic.
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  • Dog getting vaccination
    29/09/2016
    7 Common Puppy Diseases and Viruses

    Watching your sweet little puppy get sick can be heartbreaking. No pet owner ever wants to see their furry friend fall ill. That’s why pet vaccinations are such an important part of keeping your puppy happy and healthy. Keep reading to learn all about the signs and symptoms of some common illnesses that puppies suffer from and why your puppy needs to get his/her pet vaccinations as soon as possible.

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  • Cat Outside
    29/09/2016
    7 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Cat Safe This Winter

    Winter can be tough on all of us, but it can be especially tough on cats who like to venture outdoors despite Toronto’s heavy snowfall. There are always dangers lurking outside for cats, but felines are especially vulnerable in colder temperatures. These seven tips will help you protect your furry friend.

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  • Cat with broken Leg
    29/09/2016
    Cats and Broken Bones in Toronto
    What to Do If Your Cat Has a Broken Bone
    Despite the old adage, cats don’t always land on their feet. A broken bone in your feline can be caused by a collision with a car, an alleyway brawl or an acrobatic act gone awry. Whatever the cause, when your cat is injured, what often follows is disorientation and uncertainty. Knowing what to do and the appropriate steps to take can make both you and your cat more comfortable. Here then are some tips from the team at Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic.
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  • 29/09/2016
    Steps to Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

    We brush our teeth twice a day. We floss and visit the dentist to take care of our teeth. But what about our dogs? How can we help them maintain strong oral hygiene? Part of the care you give to your "best friend" should include oral care. Start by brushing your dog's teeth and by looking for signs of oral maladies.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Protecting Your Dog’s Paws

    Unlike humans, dogs come with a ready-made pair of shoes – their padded paws! Your dog’s paws insulate against extreme weather and protect paw tissue, bones, and joints from injury. For your dog to be healthy and happy, her paws need do their job right. As a dog owner, you can take a lot of steps to keep your dog on her toes all year-long.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Cat Allergies: Top 4 Myths
    When it comes to finding a cat that is compatible with your cat allergies, there are a lot of common misconceptions. Here is a list from us at Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic that uncovers the myths and helps you decide which cat is right for you and your allergies.
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  • 29/09/2016
    Sick as a Dog: Signs & Symptoms that Your Pooch is Unwell

    Your dog is your beloved companion who sticks by your side through every stage of life and who greets you eagerly at the end of the day, anxious to play.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Feline Fitness Tips for Your Indoor Cat
    Is your cat packing on too many pounds? Oftentimes, people associate indoor cats as lazy felines, but this doesn’t have to be the case. All cats need exercise. Rely on at-home workouts to help your cat become happier, healthier, and more energetic.
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  • 29/09/2016
    Goodbye Fleas: How to Stop the Scratch & Cure Your Canine
    If you see your pup itching, scratching, and twisting around as if trying to do a wonky version of the Macarena, then he or she may have fleas. Though fleas sound like harmless pests, if left untreated, your precious pooch could develop a serious infection or disease. Here is the foolproof method to spotting fleas and forcing them to pack up their pesky bags and flee.
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  • 29/09/2016
    Should I Let My Cat Outdoors?

    Not sure if your cat should be an indoor cat or an outdoor cat? Do you feel guilty for keeping your cat inside all day? The outdoors provides some great benefits like sunlight and fresh air. But there are some things you need to know about whether or not to let your cat outdoors.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Keeping Your Dog Entertained Indoors

    The endless sunshine of summer might be glorious for you, but it may be miserable for a furry dog. Your canine friend’s luscious coat makes enjoying the summer heat nearly impossible. Since he can’t just throw on some shorts and a tank top, your dog will spend most of the summer lounging in your air-conditioned house.

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  • 29/09/2016
    What to Expect from Your Aging Cat

    It used to be that a nine-year-old cat was considered ancient. But these days, an indoor cat can live for up to 15 or 20 years, and becomes a senior when they’re about 10.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Spaying/Neutering: The Secret to a Healthy Pet

    When you first bring home a new puppy or kitten, it’s hard to imagine that soon they’ll grow up and be more than a soft little ball of cuddly fur. However, that time will come sooner than you think, and before it does, you need to have your pet spayed or neutered.

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  • 29/09/2016
    How to Help Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

    Your cat or your dog is more than just an animal you own. It's a member of the family and one of your best friends. The more attached you become to your pet, the more difficult it is to cope with its loss.

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  • 29/09/2016
    The Dog Days of Summer: Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Heat

    Imagine a hot summer day. Your family goes into the store to grab something, and you decide to wait it out in the car. The temperature soon begins to climb to about 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) in your vehicle. You have no water, fans, or air conditioning. And you’re wearing a fur coat.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Your Newborn and Your Dog: What to Expect

    For many dog owners, their four-legged friend is a valued member of the family. Your pooch may be accustomed to undivided attention and a set routine, but all that will change when you bring home a baby.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Got Puppy Love? Find out if You Are Ready to Raise One

    What is it about those fuzzy little fur-ball friends of ours? Puppies fill us with delight and make our troubles just melt away—the way they clumsily learn to walk, how they discover their tail . . . and attempt to chase it, how tuckered out they become after trotting about filled with complete and utter happiness.

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  • 29/09/2016
    Domesticated Pets: A History

    Is your cat curled up on your lap purring right now, pawing at the keyboard and trying to get your attention? She spent the day snoozing in the sun, meowing animatedly at you, and clawing at bits of string. On a typical day, it might be hard to see the connection between your cat and majestic wildcats stalking their large prey through the wild.

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  • Dog Scratching
    29/09/2016
    Bug Bites & Your Dog

    With the onset of the warmer months, your pup is likely enjoying more time outdoors. But along with the blooming of flowers and the budding of trees, comes the buzzing of bugs. Mosquitoes, mites, fleas, bees, spiders and other insects can become a nuisance—and at times a health risk—to your canine companion. Veterinarian clinics in Toronto often advise pet owners take preventative measures to avoid fleas. That’s why most dogs are prescribed an anti-flea regimen such as Bravecto. Unfortunately, there are no such defensive measures for other insect bites. Here then is some advice for everything else.

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