DID YOU KNOW…?

The Scientific Truth About Food By-Products

They sound scary, less than healthy, and certainly not something your beloved pet should have in it’s food dish. By-products? Rejects? The truth, however, goes further than the name. At Mission Creek Animal Hospital, we only recommend quality, research-based diets that are proven to meet the needs of our patients. The name “By-Products” is a

The Benefits of Dental Cleaning

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Just like humans, our furry friends benefit from regular dental exams and cleaning. Plaque and tartar buildup over time in our pet’s mouths, harboring dangerous bacteria that can impact the pet’s lifespan. Without treatment, bacteria from diseased teeth can travel into the bloodstream and damage the pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. On top of all

Benefits of preventative Bloodwork

We realize how important your dog or cat is to you and we are advocates for preventative health care.  Annual exams can certainly help us assess the general well being of your pet, but a physical exam is only one part of being able to diagnose and hopefully prevent long term health concerns.  Some diseases can

Spring is in the air!

  Spring – it conjures up visions of colourful tulips, buds bursting on branches, the hint of green grass, and warm, sunny days returning.  As we look forward to shedding the winter boots and wool hats,  we should also remind ourselves of potential springtime hazards for our pets. Easter Treats and Decorations Keep chocolate bunnies in

HEARTWORM PREVENTION

HEARTWORM PREVENTION :  RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR DOG DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS TO EARLY FALL ♥♥♥♥  Heartworm is a very preventable heart disease.  The incidence of heartworm in the Kelowna area, although low, is unpredictable due to the many visitors we have from areas with a high incidence (Southern U.S.) and from our wildlife population.  Therefore

COMMON FOODS TO AVOID

Chocolate contains an ingredient called, Theobromine which is poisonous to dogs and cats in sufficient quantities, (100-150 mg/kg to cause a toxic reaction). The amount of theobromine in chocolate varies depending on the type. Cocoa powder and baking chocolate contain the highest levels, dark chocolate contains less, and milk chocolate contains the least. Clinical signs

Tick Talk…

The Okanagan area is a virtual convention centre for ticks. Learn how to prevent ticks from getting as attached to your pet as you are. A common parasite that we start to see each spring in the Okanagan is the tick. Ticks are present in woody and grassy areas and are indiscriminate parasites. In other