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


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


Most pet owners have wondered at some point just how much their cat or dog can detect colour and shape.  Compared to us, our dogs and cats can detect colour but it is interpreted differently to them.  Blue-green and red appear as shades of gray.  According to recent information from the Canadian Veterinarian Association Convention,

Taking Care of Our Old Friends

  As pets age, they fall susceptible to many of the same age-related diseases that we do.  The most common signs of aging are stiffness and pain, along with loss of vision and hearing.  Although it can be difficult to acknowledge that our pets are getting up in years, there are things we can do for them


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

“10 Minutes To Disaster” – BEWARE OF HEAT STROKE

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but we need to be aware of the affects that hot temperatures can have on our furry family members. Heat stroke can occur very quickly, so being aware of the symptoms and how to prevent it is very important to your pet’s health. Avoid leaving your

Spear grass

Spear grass plants are weeds found in many places in and around Kelowna. Early in spring as the grass is growing it does not pose much of a threat, but as summer approaches and the grass dries out, it can become a hazard to your pet. Spear grass awns have sharp points with fine, hair-like

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