Eagle Ridge Animal & Bird Hospital
2599 Runnel Drive
Coquitlam British Columbia V3E 1S3
604-464-3343
www.eranimalhospital.com
 
What goes better with spring than allergy meds or Easter eggs, right up there with daffodils and chocolate bunnies? Your pets, of course! Spring is time to clean out your house, check your smoke detector batteries, and to make sure you're doing everything you can for your furry friends. This spring edition of our newsletter contains lots of great tips to get you started.

We're here to help you keep your pet healthy and happy, so please contact us anytime you have questions or concerns about your pet. Wishing you and your animal friends a happy spring, filled with renewal!

Sincerely,
The Team at Eagle Ridge Animal & Bird Hospital
Fleas and ticks are like really bad Thanksgiving guests, making a buffet of your pet and often leaving a nasty mess behind: skin conditions, anemia, and tick-borne diseases, just to name a few. A good parasite preventive, given regularly, will ward off these unwanted guests. You may hate to even say the word, but it's important to know: cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of our dogs and cats. Recognizing early warning signs and sharing them with your veterinarian gives your pet the best chance of surviving cancer. April 26 is National Kids & Pets Day, a day dedicated to honoring the magical bond between children and animals. Beyond teaching responsibility and providing companionship, pets benefit kids and families in some surprising ways.

If you're going to be traveling with your pet to any areas with mosquitoes this spring/summer, be sure your pet is protected. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to your pets (even indoor-only pets), so contact us before you travel with your pet to mosquito zones so we can make a heartworm prevention recommendation.

 
From human prescription medications to artificial sweetener xylitol to insecticides, substances toxic to our pets can be found just about anywhere. Some of the top reported causes of pet poisoning for 2013 may surprise you and more importantly, may help you to keep your pet safe.
May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a week devoted to raising awareness of proper interaction with dogs to minimize the chances of a dog bite. Most people bitten by dogs are children, so be sure to check out this free coloring book filled with dog safety tips for kids. Remember, even the nicest dog in the world can bite under certain risky conditions.
With every spring comes an annual influx of baby animals, domestic and wild. It's easy to mistake a baby animal as an orphan when its mother isn't visible, but don't immediately assume the baby is an orphan and needs your help. Baby bunnies are typically only visited by their mothers twice per day for feeding, a fledgling baby bird may look helpless but just hasn't yet mastered the art of flying, and a young kitten's mother may be out hunting for food. If you do find yourself an orphaned kitten guardian, there are some things you'll immediately need to do.
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