Ah, Halloween; the time of year when no one is allowed to say that you can’t dress up as a superhero while eating enough sugar to put yourself into low-Earth orbit. For you, Halloween might be a fun reprieve from normal clothes, as well as a candy-fueled kickoff to the holidays. But for a dog it presents a new batch of hazards. Here are the Top 10 Halloween dangers for dogs you need to watch out for.

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How to Tell if Your Dog Is Happy Are you helping your dog live their best life?

Oprah Winfrey was chastised by Instagram users on Mother's Day when she referred to dogs as “fur children” but, for many, four-legged friends are integral members of the family. Canine companions can even reflect emotional and physical challenges faced by their owners.

Here are five ways to tell if your pup is happy so you can keep that tail wagging…

1. Read their body language


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ThreeBestReatedYes, we are one of the TOP 3 Vancouver veterinary clinics! So happy!

Handpicked Top 3 Vancouver Veterinary Clinics. How do we actually find the most highly rated veterinary clinic? Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!

GIVH offers many promotions throughout the year - Your pet will have...

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Senior Cat CareBy Lorie Huston, DVM

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that a senior cat has needs that are different than those of a young cat. But how do you know when your cat is a senior?

Generally, cats over 7-10 years of age should be considered seniors. With increasing age, changes in the body occur as well. For instance, in one study, roughly 90% of cats over the age of 12 years were noted to have radiographic evidence of arthritis. Needless to say, with arthritis comes pain and mobility issues. If your older cat has become less active and is now reluctant to jump on counters and other areas that he used...

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Veterinarian - GIVH

Dr. Janet Adam, a veterinarian from Granville Island Veterinary Hospital, with Thomas, a 10 week old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy owned by Heidi McIvor.

September 28, 2015

The annual BC SPCA lottery is back!Event Details

Date: May 1, 2018
Saving animals never felt so good! Don’t miss your chance to be the winner of the $8,000 early bird prize.  Buy your tickets before 11:59 p.m. on May 1 to be entered into the early bird draw.

There are 31 cash prizes to won totalling $100,000! Tickets are one for $30, three for $60 or six for $90!

Plus, a 50/50 bonus draw: You could win up to $50,000! Tickets start at $10 (50/50...

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Better-Never-Bitten -  Dog Bite Prevention TipsThis week ( April 9-15) is Natioanl Dog Bite Prevention Week and please take a moment to read through this pamphlet to learn how to simple clues to help keep yourself, your kids and your pooch safe. Take this opportunity to learn...

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The Granville Island Veterinary Hospital is the official clinic for Vancouver police dogs and the vets here bring the same level of professional and quality care to all their animals. With five vets on staff, the clinic is a highly collaborative environment that can address a wide range of animals and issues. We also keep longer, more convenient hours than many other animal hospitals, so you can book appointments that fit in with your busy schedule. 

Pets Emergencies 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop...
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Holiday Pet Safety Tips from BCSPCA’Tis the season in B.C., and as British Columbians gear up to celebrate, the BC SPCA is reminding pet guardians that the holidays – and the colder weather – can be hazardous for pets.
Holiday pet safety tips include:

  • Bones are Bad: Avoid giving bones to your dogs or cats, particularly turkey bones. Poultry bones easily splinter and can cause serious injury, while bone fragments can cause intestinal blockages or lacerations.
  • Thoughtful Treats:...
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Springer spaniel PoppyNutraceuticals Can Help Manage your Pet’s Behavioural Problems

For pets undergoing treatment for moderate-to-severe behavioural problems, training alone is rarely enough to resolve an issue. It is a neurological fact that highly stressed animals cannot learn and respond to therapy as effectively as calmer, more rationally thinking pets.

And so, products that help to reduce anxiety and calm pets down are often essential in helping dogs and cats progress through their therapy at a reasonable rate.

For owners who are reluctant to give...

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