Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Only 25 more days till PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Hi Everybody!
Scary as it is only 47 more shopping days till Christmas! And only 25 more days till our Annual PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA.

Please come and join us on December 2, 2012 from 12 noon to 3pm for Pet photos with Santa.  No appointment necessary. Proffesional Photographer Nancy Saltel will be taking photos.

Join us for  Snacks, Drinks and Silent Auction prizes.

Cost of photos are 10$ ( Cash only). All proceeds go towards The Guide Dog Foundation.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 2nd,  2012
12noon – 3pm
$10/photo (Cash only please)

All proceeds go towards the Guide Dog Foundation
Snacks, Drinks & Silent Auction Prizes!!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Celebrating Seniors Month

November is celebrating Seniors month.

We here at Winrose are dedicated to helping keep your senior pets healthy and happy.  Beginning at the age of 7-8, most pets enter his or her senior years.  Often we see pets begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease and cancer.
These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages; therefore, preventative health care is very important!
Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering.  Our three step program includes establishing baseline bloodwork when your pet is well.  Identify any existing health problems. And monitoring progress during treatments.

You Know your pet better than anyone else and can alert us to any changes in your pet before they become serious.

At Winrose we offer Senior Wellness plans that combine annual physical exams, required vaccinations, early detection bloodwork and urinalysis.
Call now to book your Senior Wellness Appointment

WinRose Animal Hospital’s



Senior Wellness Cost  $278.25 which includes

Ü Annual Wellness Profile
Ü Comprehensive Physical Examination & Veterinary Consultation
Ü Blood Collection
Ü C.B.C. (Complete Blood Count)
Ü Blood Chemistry
Ü Electrolytes
Ü Thyroid Function Test
Ü Urine Collection
Ü Urinalysis
Ü Vaccinations according to your pets lifestyle

If above tests are done separately, the costs are as follows:

Exam:  62.50
Blood Collection:  $19.50
Complete Blood Count:  $79.61
Blood Chemistry:  $148.61
Electrolytes:  23.74
Thyroid Test:  83.12
Urine Collection $27.55
Urinalysis:  $52.43
Vaccines:  Rabies:  $16.50
Distemper:  $16.50
Bordetella:  $16.50

                           Total Cost:  $546.56



First Visit:  $278.25  which includes

Ü Annual Wellness Profile
Ü Comprehensive Physical Examination & Veterinary Consultation
Ü C.B.C. and Blood Chemistry
Ü Thyroid Function Test
Ü Urinalysis
Ü Vaccinations according to your pets lifestyle

If above tests are done separately, the costs are as follows:

Exam:  62.50
Blood Collection:  $19.50
Complete Blood Count:  $79.61
Blood Chemistry:  $148.61
Electrolytes:  23.74
Thyroid Test:  83.12
Urine Collection $27.55
Urinalysis:  $52.43
Vaccines:  Rabies:  $16.50
Feline Distemper:  $16.50
Feline Leukemia:  $16.50

                                                Total Cost:  546.56

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Trick or Treat?

With Halloween just around the corner, it is a good time to talk about Chocolate Toxicity.  Everybody loves chocolate. Chocolate candy, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate cookies.  Although we may want to share a favorite treat with our eager pets, it is best to think twice.

 So what is it in Chocolate that proves so deadly for our pets. Theobromine which is found in the chocolate liquor (the liquid that results from grinding the hulled cacao beans) can cause things such as vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, racing heart rhythms and death in severe cases. The more chocolate liquor in a product, the more theobromine there is.

Milk chocolate contains 10% chocolate liquor, Semisweet chocolate contains 35% chocolate liquor and unsweetened or Bakers chocolate contains up to 50% chocolate liquor.  Additional sources of fat and sugar that can be found in some chocolate can also set our pets up for a lethal metabolic disease called pancreatitis.

How much is too much.  It doesn't take very much theobromine at all to cause mild to severe symptoms. For example as little as 18mg per pound of dog can cause severe toxicity signs in some dogs.  And 1 ounce of baking chocolate can contain 390mg of theobromine.

It can take nearly four days for the effects of chocolate to work its way out of the pet's system.  If chocolate ingestion has just occurred please contact us immediately as we can often induce vomiting. Otherwise hospitalization and supportive care will be required.

So with Halloween just around the corner, and Fido at home eagerly waiting to share all your Halloween candy it is best that we avoid all chocolate and sweets and reach for a much safer option like a dog or cat friendly biscuit.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The holidays are upon us

Hi there everyone.  Halloween is upon us and we all love it because it is such a fun holiday, but it can also be a bit scary for our furry friends.  Make sure to have your pets in a safe place when the kids are coming to your door.  It only takes a split second for our loved one to sneak past the stream of kids and get outside.  

We all love candy and our pets would love it too if they could get into it.  There are all kinds of things that are not safe for our little friends, especially chocolate.  Be really careful to put the candy in a safe place or at least a place that they can't get their little paws into. 

We also want to let everyone know that even though Christmas seems a long way off, its really not.  We are once again going to be having our PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA.  They will be at our clinic on Sunday, December 2, 2012.  The time is from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME.  The cost of the photos are $10.00 per photo and all proceeds will be donated to the Guide Dogs Association.  Hope to see you there. 
Friday, March 23, 2012

Icky Tickies!!!

Unfortunately, this unseasonally nice weather we've been having is sure to bring with it some unwanted parasitic guests in the form of....yes...we all know them...TICKS!!  I have put together the following fact sheet to provide you with the basics about ticks and tick protection...hope it helps!!   Feel free to give us a call anytime if you have questions or concerns...we are here to help!!

                                                         PETS, TICKS and DISEASE                      

Did you know that a recent study by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) showed 70% of owners sleep with their pet in bed?   As such, as you can imagine, good tick control means healthier pets and happier owners.

There are numerous species of ticks recognized in Manitoba and several stages that infest dogs.  Different ticks are active at different times of the year.  All ticks are difficult to kill.  In general, the number and distribution of ticks is increasing and, as a result, the number of cases and diversity of tick-borne diseases is also increasing. Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis are the 2 most commonly recognized tick-borne diseases in Manitoba.  By understanding tick biology and behaviour we can better and more successfully control the spread of these diseases.

To reduce the threat of tick-borne disease:

-Keep pets in low-tick areas to limit exposure.  Keep dogs behind a fence in a well-designed, tick-safe area with short grass and little forestation.  Cats should stay indoors. Check your pet frequently for ticks. 

-Limit tick habitat:  Remove leaf litter, burn debris, and keep a barrier between wooded area and yard.

-Exclude/discourage wildlife and remove debris close to home where rodents may nest.

-Vaccinate for Lyme disease in dogs that are at higher risk of tick infestation.  Ask us for more details

-Use tick-preventive products and apply according to the calendar not just when ticks are seen.  If we are seeing ticks on the dog, it may already be too late.

-For humans, wear light colored, secure clothing to prevent attachment. Use a repellant with permethrin or DEET.

The 2 most effective compounds for dogs effective against a broad spectrum of ticks in Manitoba are:

AMITRAZ:  This is available in a tick-specific collar called PREVENTIC
PYRETHROIDS: This is available in Canada as a product called ADVANTIX.

**NOTE: Neither of these products is intended for use on cats**

If there is a cat present in the household, either product should be safe provided the cat does not groom the dog on a regular basis.  It is recommended that the Advantix be applied in the evening and then the cat and dog be separated overnight.  The Preventic collar can be attached inside the regular nylon dog collar to prevent chewing.

Hope you all have a Wonderful Spring!!
Don't forget to keep those Easter chocolates away from Fido!
See you soon to pick up your season's heartworm prevention!
Heartworm reminders are in the mail!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring is in the Air!

Hi Everybody!
Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely warm weather that has come our way!  With the new spring weather we are starting to see more and more new puppies and kittens!  Owning a new puppy or kitten is a lot of fun but also a lot of responsibility.  It is both a time and financial commitment.  Check out  our section on puppies and kittens.  We have included a look at what the cost associated with owning a new puppy or kitten is. Click on the Link for Fido, Fifi and Finances!

We have great WAY TO GROW Puppy and Kitten programs here at Winrose. We offer a series of three visits at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age which include information on vaccines, diet, deworming, teeth brushing, house training and much more! Pretty much anything you need to know about your first year with your new puppy or kitten.

Big or small we love them all!!! We look forward to meeting you and your new family member!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Hi Everybody!
February is Pet Dental Health Month!  Did you know that 85% of dogs and cats over 1 year of age are affected by Dental disease.  Dental health care is key in preventing medical problems associated with periodontal disease such as Foul smelling breath, swollen gums, pain, drooling and difficulty eating.

You may be asking yourself what you can do to prevent such problems.  Brushing is always the Gold standard. We recommend  brushing your pet's teeth once per day.  Always use a pet safe toothpaste such as C.E.T enzymatic Toothpaste.  Not able to brush once a day?  We recommend switching your pet to a dental formula food such as Medical Dental formula.  Medical Dental diet combines a specific kibble design and the addition of tartar reducing ingredients to provide double action dental care against the formation of dental plaque and tartar.  For our canine friends we also recommend Medi-Chews which are exceptionally palatable, specially formulated chews clinically proven to promote dental health in dogs over the age of 6 months. 

Are you finding trouble accepting your pet's kisses due to bad breath or tartar buildup? Call us at 254-3150 to book a dental consult with one of our dental technicians.  We will assess your pets overall dental health and provide you with an estimate for a dental cleaning.

Shannon Campbell
Animal Health Technologist

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day...

Hope everyone has been enjoying our mild winter...don't forget though that all that salt and sand can be irritating to little paws so keep them clean and as dry as possible!!

I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a 'Happy Valentine's Day' coming up soon!  It is nice to be back at work one day a week but Drs. Torevell, Malboeuf and Atkinson have been doing a fabulous job in my absence so I have been continuing to enjoy 'maternity leave' with little Grace who keeps me  busy!

Don't forget that candy, chocolate and sweets are not for pets...not for babies either really though Grace thought this was the best photo prop EVER!

I hope you are all enjoying the last of a wonderful winter and we look forward to hopefully an early and mild Spring as well!   Maybe not the mosquitoes and ticks that go along with that though!  Won't be long and we'll be putting heartworm reminders in the mail!

Have a pawsitively wonderful Valentine's day from all of us at Winrose...

Dr. Eichkorn and the fabulous Winrose Team
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentines day is approaching

When you celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones this year, remember to include your pets because they think you are pawsitively great.

These are some hints for you to remember with Valentine's Day upon us

Hide the Chocolate.  All types of chocolate are toxic for dogs and cats.  Have a heart and keep your chocolate sweet treats well out of your pets reach.

Xylitol is an artifical sweetener used in sugarless gums and baked goods.  It is not harmful to humans, but even small amounts can be extremely toxic for your dog.

Make sure to give water:  Animals kept outdoors need a steady supply of fresh water.  Snow isn't a substitute.  Check your outdoor pets' water bowls daily.