Feline Parasite Prevention & Deworming

Good day my loyal followers,

There has been a lot of talk about protecting your dog, which is important, but what about all of my feline friends? Instinctively, we cats are hunters, whether we are inside or outside, we like to catch prey. So you have to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Has your cat ever caught a mouse in the house?
  2. Has your cat ever eaten a house fly?
  3. Does your cat spend any time outside, even on a leash?
  4. Does your cat catch mice, birds, rabbits, or other wildlife (like my buddy Watson)?

If you answered yes to one or more of the afore mentioned questions, your cat should be on parasite prevention and/or dewormer. It is important to remember that by protecting your pets from these parasites, you are also protecting yourself and your family. Many parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread from us animals to our humans. Call and speak with any one of my lovely caregivers for more information on how to protect your pets!

Senior Wellness Months - December 2017 & January 2018

Hi, Beep here! Long time, no blog. I was busy launching my very own Instagram account. Be sure to follow me @beepthecliniccat.

I am here to discuss something very important with you all – Senior Wellness! Dr. Melillo and Dr. Duckworth recently gave me a senior wellness exam. I thought that meant I was The Boss here at Breslau Animal Hospital, but turns out Senior means I’m getting older!

Did you know that after the age of 8 years cats and dogs are entering into their senior years, and my 11 cat years is the equivalent to 60 human years? Looks like next year I’ll be due to retire as 1 year for you two-legged folk is like 4 years for us felines! And don’t get me started on dogs, those guys age even faster!

After my exam, the RVT’s collected some of my blood for a senior wellness profile, I did not like it, but they told me it would help the Veterinarians detect any age-related changes early on to ensure I remain healthy for many years to come (they also gave me lots of treats, so I did not mind having my blood taken after all). I thought this was such a good idea, I decided to have the clinic offer a discount for senior wellness exams so that we can ensure all our furry friends can age just as gracefully as me!

Dr. Maegan explained that animals begin to develop arthritis as they age and need to take daily supplements to keep their joints healthy. Turns out I’ve already been taking a supplement for a few years now. No wonder I’m feeling so great! The RVT’s also give me lots of snuggles, they call these “laser therapy sessions”, I am told this helps reduce inflammation in my joints.

Dr. Duckworth told me that often times cats and dogs need to have their diets changed as they get older to meet their ever-changing needs. Many of the foods we carry at Breslau Animal Hospital are specially formulated to meet the specific needs of all pets. She said there once was a guy named Hippocrates who said “Let food be thy medicine”, he sounds like a smart man as I definitely like my food!

If you have an older pet, call us today to schedule an appointment to take advantage of our Senior Wellness Packages and receive over $100 in savings offered this December and January!

Over the Counter vs. Veterinary Parasite Prevention

It’s that time of year again! All the creepy-crawly parasites are out, active, a nuisance, and in some cases a threat, to our pets. Recently, I have had many clients ask about using over the counter flea medications instead of the veterinary prescribed product. I figured I’d take a minute to explain the difference between the two…

Over the counter flea treatments are topical pesticides that can be applied to the back of your pet’s neck to help kill adult fleas that are biting your pet. It is INCREDIBLY important that the appropriate product is used on your four-legged friend as most topical flea treatments for dogs are actually toxic to cats. Furthermore, these pesticides can be quite irritating to the skin, begin to lose efficacy if your pet gets wet or is bathed, and only kill adult fleas. During the spring, summer and fall months, your pet is actually at risk of not only picking up fleas but also picking up ticks, heartworm and intestinal parasites. Some of these intestinal parasites are even contagious to humans. Why not use a product that ensures your pet is protected from all the bugs that they are at risk of contracting?

Working with your veterinarian and their health care team will allow you to come up with a safe, effective and individualized parasite prevention plan in order to keep all members of your family safe this season. Wishing you all a safe and happy summer season!

Dr. Maegan Melillo (and Juno)

Pet Insurance

Hey everyone, Beep here! Have you ever heard the saying "It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone?" Well, there is more than one truth to that. No pet I know enjoys wearing these silly cones and with that cone usually comes individualized veterinary care from one of my awesome vets! As you all know, veterinary care can be expensive, yet most people don’t plan for it. While I like to think that I am invincible, I can get sick or have an accident just like any of your fur kids. It would be nice if O.H.I.P. or benefits covered fur family too, but they don’t. I know that you always want to do everything you can for your pet, but we understand that everyone has financial limitations.

Pet insurance can help! Pet insurance is an affordable way to ensure that the last thing you worry about when your pet is sick or has an accident is how you are going to pay for treatment. There are also many benefits that come with pet insurance including free access to the Pet Poison Helpline® and PetHelpFone™ (Telehealth for pets). Visit www.petsplusus.com to find out more and to get a free quote!

PS, don’t worry, I am just fine. I was not harmed in the taking of this photo.

Dental Health: Not Just for Humans

Beep here! February is dental month and to celebrate I had my teeth cleaned by my friends Dr. Melillo and RVT Kayla. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t let me have my breakfast in the morning but I trusted that they know what was best. They told me I had to undergo a general anesthesia which made me a little nervous, but everything went well. They gave me some sedation, I felt a little strange, and then the next thing I knew, I woke up with clean teeth! I can't stop meowing and showing off my pearly whites!

It is important for pets to be under anesthesia during a dentistry, it allows the veterinarian to do a comprehensive oral exam and clean in all those hard to reach places. Dr. Melillo used a special probe that allows her to examine and measure underneath my gum line for any abnormalities. I would never allow her to do that if I was awake! They were able to determine that my teeth were healthy underneath the gum line and all I needed was to have all that nasty tartar removed. RVT Kayla used an ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar and then did a thorough polishing of my teeth so they are smooth and feel like new! I am so glad that tartar is gone as it contained bacteria that was not good for my heart or kidneys and it was irritating my gums causing gingivitis. They tucked me in with warm oat bags so that I could recover from the anesthesia. I woke up feeling great and asked Maddy for snuggles which she happily obliged.

Call today to make an appointment for your complimentary dental examination and quote! 519-648-9738

Aging Felines

Meow! It’s me, your old pal Beep.

Today we need to talk about age. I know, I don’t even want to think about it, but the truth is, I’ve been getting older right before your eyes. You might not think so, but my body is changing in so many ways. Cats go through different stages of life just like people. Apparently, I’m knocking on the door of being a senior! Sheesh!

Did you know that we have different dietary requirements throughout our life? Me either! Since I live with two doctors, I have my health reviewed about every 3 months. So, that got me thinking, what about all you older cats out there who don’t live with doctors? I was just told that senior cats (cats over the age of 10) should be assessed at least every 6 months, because as you know, we are really good at hiding those things that tend to bug us. Achy bones, stiff joints, stinky breath, upset tummies, even a big thyroid gland… those types of things. When they want more information, she will run bloodwork or a urine test and find out even more about my body.

Dr. Duckworth and Dr. Melillo told me that kidney disease and hyperthyroidism are extremely common in older cats and the symptoms are very mild when these conditions begin. However, they are trained to notice even the smallest changes, when no one else might. Veterinarians can actually determine amazing things with a physical exam when I am not complaining. Things like: dehydration, the size of my thyroid, changes to my kidneys, growing lumps and so much more. Dr. Melillo and Dr. Duckworth told me that it is a good thing when we notice these small changes because we can begin by assessing the stage of disease and support or treat according to what is needed. For example, in the case of kidney disease, finding it early is so much better than finding it late. Cats can stay feeling better for a longer period of time because we have ways to slow the condition down. Amazing! I’m so glad I live with two doctors!

Since all you cats out there don’t live with doctors, you should come to Breslau Animal Hospital, I will share mine. They’ll work to keep you healthy and happy in your senior years!

Beep's Friends Foundation

Hello everyone, sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog the last little while. I’ve been a busy guy - sleeping in my basket, stepping on keyboards while the girls are working and keeping our in-hospital patients company. I have also been working hard on keeping my philanthropist status by creating my very own foundation to help pets in need. It’s called Beep’s Friends Foundation (B.F.F.). We now have a collection box at reception for donations. Any amount is appreciated! I am so fortunate to be cared for by the amazing B.A.H. team, I wanted to do something for my fellow fur friends. Thanks for your support!

5 more sleeps!!!

Wow, there’s lots of excitement here at Breslau Animal Hospital. Our GRAND OPENING / OPEN HOUSE is only 5 sleeps away! I can't wait, I just love visitors – they always give the best back scratches! We are all busy making sure the clinic is ready for you to visit this Saturday, April 30th from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Well, I'm supervising as my wonderful caretakers prepare for what is sure to be a fun day but I’m doing a great job if I do say so myself.

Mike Farewell from Country 106.7 FM will be broadcasting live, there will be draws for lots of great prizes, face painting and much more! Feel free to bring your furry friends too. We will be doing nail trims for $5.00, all proceeds going to my pals at the Kitchener/Waterloo Humane Society. For the little ones be sure to bring your sick or injured sick teddy bears and get ready to gown up and be a veterinarian/surgeon for the afternoon!

Don’t forget, there is lots of extra parking behind the building. I can’t wait to see you all Saturday! I am going back to sleep now...the more I sleep the sooner Saturday will come!

What's New at Breslau Animal Hospital???

Greetings everyone,

Sorry it has been so long since my last post, I have been a very busy guy. As many of you know, there has been a lot going on at Breslau Animal Hospital and there is so much more to come! There are a few things I’d like to share with you today.

First, I want to talk to you about ticks…Ewwww, I know…ticks! Unfortunately, they are a reality. Ticks quest when the weather is 4°C and above. This means that if your pet is out and about in non-groomed areas such as long grass, wooded areas and even dog parks (you never know where those other dogs have been), they should be on tick prevention medication. No test is needed before starting this medication. So hurry in and ensure that your furry friends are protected this spring season.

Recently there has been a lot of chatter around the clinic about heartworm. When do we start testing? When do we start prevention? Here is the scoop…We will start testing at the beginning of May due to unseasonably warm weather we had this past fall. Here at Breslau Animal Hospital, we test for heartworm and three different tick-borne diseases with one simple blood test (Accuplex4). This year we have a great prize up for grabs. Any patient that has their Accuplex4 test done will automatically be entered into a draw for the chance to win 6 months of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention free for 2017! Dr. Melillo, Dr. Duckworth and the girls at the clinic wanted me to let you know that if you have any questions regarding heartworm, how transmission occurs, or why and when testing should occur, please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic.

Finally, I am so excited to tell you about our GRAND RE-OPENING / OPEN HOUSE on SATURDAY, APRIL 30th from 1:00 – 4:00pm. We are very excited about this! As you all know, Breslau Animal Hospital has been under new ownership since December 2015 and many changes have been made. We are very proud of these changes and want to share them with everyone. Here are B.A.H. we believe in community and what being a part of a community means. Funds raised at our event are going to support the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. From Teddy bear surgery to raffles, door prizes and a silent auction, this is an event that everyone will enjoy! Country 106.7FM will even be broadcasting live. I hope to see you all there because it is going to be a PAR-TAY!

I think I have covered all the important news for now. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. The wonderful ladies I am spoiled by everyday are always here to help!

Tata for meow!

I'm Back And It's Party Time!

Hey folks! I’m ba-ack!!!
Although my vacation was lovely I am happy to be settling in back at home with my family at Breslau Animal Hospital. Time to take off the shades and get down to business. The hospital looks a little different from when I left… smells a bit different… and there is the occasional new person in the clinic finishing with the renovations. Still, home is where the heart is and where all my people are.

Since I am back in action here at BAH I figured what better way to celebrate than with a PAR-TAY!!! All of us here at Breslau Animal Hospital wish to invite you to our Grand Re-Opening and Open House! Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 1:00pm. There will be grab bags, raffle prizes, a silent auction and more! Proceeds from the event will go to help all my furry friends at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society.

Remember, the more the merrier when it comes to a house party. See you all there

Renovations Come To BAH

It was a typical Wednesday. The sun was shining. Breakfast was the usual. Staff gave me my usual rubs, and dogs and cats came and went. I will admit that over the past few weeks Lauren, Steph and all the rest of the staff had been acting a bit strangely. Items were being moved, shelves emptied, things coming down from upstairs....I didn't know what was happening but humans can be strange at times. As long as I have my basket.....

It was then, that I realized my basket was missing! My medications were being taken from their usual place and put into a bag, and a cat carrier appeared. I didn't really get tipped off that it was for me though until Lauren put me in. The indignity!

In the car, Lauren explained to me what was happening. I was going to another hospital for a week. Kind of like a holiday she told me. She assured me that they would take good care of me, give me my medications, feed me right and love me. I was skeptical but what choice did I have? Then she told me that Breslau Animal Hospital was undergoing "Ren-O-va-shuns". Whatever that was, it sounded big! She told me that everyone at BAH was afraid I might be scared so they were sending me on holiday during the "ren-O-va-shuns". Awwwww. They DO love me :)!

I'm now apparently on holidays. I thought holidays involved sun and sand and a bush of catnip to nibble on. This is a different kind of holiday I'll admit, but the people here are treating me really well and I am getting all kinds of scratches. It isn't home, but if I have to be away from home, this seems a good place to be but it would be nicer with a catnip bush. I hope my family at BAH has cat nip for me when I get home. I'll be looking forward to a good massage too. I do kind of miss them. Darn "ren-o-va-shuns"!

Breslau Animal Hospital is renovating to serve you better. Please bear with us through the mess. It will be beautiful when we are finished!

More than just dogs and cats?!?

It was a typical Friday morning here at BAH when Steph arrived but this time she smelled a little different. Julie gave me my breakfast and after enjoying a delicous meal, I began my morning rounds. Treatment room set for the day...CHECK. Exam rooms ready to go and computers on...CHECK. Reception warm and welcoming with my basket ready for a morning nap...CHECK. Window sil tidy and... what the heck?! Who is this? No one told me that Breslau Animal Hospital is now treating pocket pets. I guess the more the merrier!

If you have any questions with respect to the species we treat here at Breslau Animal Hospital, please feel free to give the girls a call (519-648-9738) and they will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Dental Month

So I keep hearing all this talk about February being Dental Month and reminding everyone to ask about our promo...I thought I should clarify some things for you. Here at B.A.H. we feel that every month should be dental month.

Call and speak with one of my awesome co-workers to schedule your pet's dental examination today (519-648-9738). Take it from me, a healthy mouth makes for a very happy pet! (And it makes you more kissable too!)

New Breslau Animal Hospital Family Members

One morning, as I lazed about in my basket on the desk, Dr. Duckworth walked in. I hadn't seen her in awhile so immediatley asked for a scratch. She brought someone with her, Dr. Melillo. I didn't know then that they would be part of my new family.

There have been a few changes to the Breslau Animal Hospital and there has been one more new person to join my family, Kayla. Apparently she is a Registered Veterinary Technician. I don't really know what that is but I can tell you that she gives me rubs all the time and she is good! My old Breslau Animal Hospital family is still here for the most part but Dr. Guest doesn't come around any more. I do miss her. She apparently moved to be with family so Dr. Duckworth and Dr. Melillo own the hospital now. Lauren and Steph are still here which is great because I really love them! I even give Lauren back massages from time to time. All in all, I'm pretty happy and life has pretty much been routine here for me. Get up, eat, have a scratch, eat, ask for love, lie in my basket, receive the doting affections of all my admirers, yawn, stretch, sleep, give Lauren a massage, eat and sleep....OK...you probably get the idea. I would love it if you all could come by and give me a scratch or rub my ears...oh yeah, and meet Dr. Duckworth and Dr. Melillo. I think you would like them. And for all my furry friends out there, just ask them for a scratch. They are pretty good at that!

Check back in from time to time. There are changes coming for the hospital and an Open House is being planned for April 30th! Should be a lot of fun! Talk to you soon! Beep

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Welcome to Breslau Animal Hospital's Website!

Hey guys! I'm Beep, I'm the cat that lounges around all day, eavesdropping in on conversations and basically always knowing what the general buzz that's going around the clinic. I will keep you guys up to date with any sort of information, news, tidbits or funnies I hear going around here. Also, if you have any sort of question or anything you'd like to contribute, please do, or get an active conversation going on our Facebook Page. So check back regularly!