by Dr. Barrientos

Our furry, four-legged companions play a very special role in all of our lives. They aren’t just animals to us, they’re real members of our families. They are always sensing our emotions; making us feel better when we’re in pain, and sharing our excitement on our good days.

In return, we do the same for them! We watch their behaviour, looking for signs of their needs. Your dog gets restless and keeps looking at the door, and you know he needs to go out. Your cat rubs against your calf, and you know he wants to be pet. Giving your pets the things they want and need is one of the most gratifying things about having them. But what do we do when we can’t read our pets’ behaviours?

At Dundas Euclid Animal Hospital, we believe that is our role; to help you read the changes in behaviour you can’t quite figure out. We believe it’s our job to interpret how your pets are feeling and to help them live a stress and pain free life.

That doesn’t just mean helping them when they get sick, though. Sometimes it means doing things for them to prevent them from getting sick. Just like you go to the doctor for an annual exam, or choose to eat healthier options, or try to get exercise regularly, your pet wants to feel their best too. Unfortunately, they don’t know how important those things are to living a happier and more comfortable life, but luckily, you do!

That’s why we have to do these things for them! You can help them by getting them vaccinated, through proper nutrition and parasite prevention, or routine bloodwork to see what their body is telling them. With proper care and preventative medicine, we often see the cats in our clinic comfortably living into their early twenties and the dogs into their late teens.

It is because of these success stories that we’ve decided to start this blog, The Critter Chronicles. We want to focus on the things you might not know that can help you understand your four-legged family members a little better, and to help them live their longest, healthiest lives. We hope you can enjoy reading our thoughts and feelings about the care we can provide, and we hope you can feel free to send us any questions or concerns you have about your pets!