Author Archives: Kevin Benoit, DVM

Dog Park Etiquette

Spring is here (in the technical sense) and warm weather is lurking around the corner. ‘Tis the season for outdoor adventures, sunshiny walks and working off that winter weight! And most dogs love a trip to the park. A trip to the dog park is the canine version of happy hour: socializing, flirting, and overwhelming […]

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A Recipe For Summer Fun

The Benoit clan enjoyed some fun environmental enrichment in the heat this week. This is an easy way to help your pets beat the heat and also keep them mentally stimulated: Cut a 1L or 4L milk jug in half  Use the bottom half to make a giant ice cube In a large bowl, mix […]

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Happy Holiday Hound: How to de-stress the holidays

Happy Holiday Hound: How to de-stress the holidays The holidays are not just stressful for us, but they can be stressful and confusing for our dogs too! This year, instead of recapping that dogs should stay away from chocolate and high fat table scraps with deadly bones, and to keep Mittens the kitten away from […]

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7 Things to Know About Deworming Your Pets

Deworming is an important preventative care regime for reducing parasites (internal and external) and improving your pet’s health. It is also important to help to prevent transmission of parasites to you and your human family members! Here are some things to know about those unwanted houseguests your cat or dog might unknowingly be hosting. 1. […]

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Caring for your aging pet

Caring for your Aging Pet   If you’ve been in my classes or taking training sessions, you may have met or heard me talk about my senior dog, Monday. She is on the hinder most of 15 years old, and this means I have become more aware of the special attention our senior pets need […]

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Help: My Puppy is Biting!

Help: My Puppy is Biting! Just about every new puppy owner that comes to me, asks: “How do I get my puppy to stop biting”? (sometimes in tears).  First of all, I let them know that 100% of puppy’s bite! Actually, it is important for puppies to bite. This is a play tactic, it is […]

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Six Tips for Winter Bliss

Depending on your dog, some are more tolerant of the cold than others. It is important to keep your canine buddy healthy and safe through the winter months. We have LONG extended winter weather here in Alberta, so we might as well make the most of it! Above all else, you should never leave any dog outside […]

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Environmental Enrichment for Cats

A boring environment can contribute to a plethora of problems: destructive behavior, inter-cat aggression, depression and anxiety. Cats that are under-stimulated are at a greater risk of developing boredom-related or stress-relieving behaviours such as over-grooming, chewing inappropriate items, picking on other pets in the house, isolation, over-eating, self-mutilation, compulsive behaviours, scratching and inappropriate urination or […]

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Toxic Plants

Death by Lily The first signs of Spring for this part of the hemisphere is ordinarily superseded by the desolate snowy ground yielding new plant life and vibrant flowers. Plants are magical; they produce pollen for the honey bees and humming birds, they can grow into food, and produce delectable seeds and nuts. They are […]

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Choosing a Dog Trainer

Dog training is an unregulated industry. That means anyone can advertise themselves as a dog trainer. They do not have to have a special license, certification or even any training. It’s important to understand what is best for you and your dog for a happy and healthy relationship. Research presents compelling evidence in favor of […]

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