Issue 7: June/July 2003

Welcome to our seventh issue of the newsletter. We would like to welcome Petcare pet insurance as the featured sponsor this month. Their pet insurance plans will give you peace of mind if ever your cat or dog should get sick. Speaking of sickness we have 2 important featured health related articles this month; one on West Nile virus, the other on Rabies .

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Inside This Issue

  1. Cats and rabies
  2. Pet of the Month
  3. West Nile virus
  4. Breeder Listings
  5. Featured Products
  6. Classified Ads
  7. Ask the Expert
  8. Calendar of Events
  9. Pets411 Listings
  10. In The News
  11. The Fine Print

Does your cat need protection from rabies?

(NC)—According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the answer is an unqualified ‘yes’. Recent statistics show that 75% of Canadian cats are not vaccinated against the deadly rabies virus.

“With increasing development, rabies virus carriers, such as skunks, bats, racoons and foxes, are increasingly entering urban areas, bringing them closer to our pets”, says Dr. Nigel Gumley of the CVMA. The problem does not stop with our pets. The transmission of rabies to humans is also a public health concern. A Nova Scotia family of four was treated for rabies earlier this year after being exposed to the disease by their cat. In another incident, an apartment cat in Saskatchewan caught an infected bat on the balcony. Rabies can affect a person’s central nervous system with fatal results.

The “Hunted Hunter” feline rabies awareness program provides cat owners with a quick guide to understanding the risks that their cat may be exposed to. Pet owners are encouraged to ask their veterinarian about the “Hunted Hunter” program and to discuss how to best protect their cat.

Pet of the Month (June/July) Meet Kiwi

  • Name: Kiwi
  • City: Grande Prairie
  • Province/State, Country: AB, Canada
  • Type/Breed: DSH
  • Date Of Birth: June 14, 2002
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Coat Colour: grey/white
  • Eye Colour: green
  • Can bear children: No


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West Nile Virus


(NC)—The evidence shows that most people infected with West Nile virus got it from the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected when it feeds on the blood of a bird that is infected with the virus. About two weeks later, the mosquito becomes capable of passing the virus to people and animals by biting them.

There is no evidence to suggest that people can get WN virus by touching or kissing someone who is infected, or from being around a health care worker who has treated an infected person. Likewise, there is no evidence to date that the virus can pass from infected animals (horses, pets, etc.) to people.

For more detailed information about West Nile virus or to link to your provincial or territorial web site, visit Health Canada’s West Nile virus web site at

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May’s Featured Products

Daisy ID tag


This exquisite pewter and virtually indestructible ID Tag features a picture of a Daisy in the middle of it.

Your pet will look sharp wearing one of these custom engraved unique tags.

Our price: $12.99 (Canadian)

Pet first aid kit


In the event of an emergency are you prepared to provide first aid for your animal? Accidents and emergency situations always occur when you least expect them. Owning your very own first aid kit is your first step in providing first aid for your pet until you can seek veterinary care.

Special discount(-30%)
Our price: $27.95 (Canadian)
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Rainbow flag charm


CHARM – Rainbow flag These charms are made from a pewter metal mix. They are perfect accessories for your dog or cat collars and can also be used to accessorize keychains. This charm depicts a rainbow coloured flag.

Unit Price: CDN$5.95

Classified Ads

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Cat urine – strong smell – Answer by Dr. Goldberg


I have a cat whose urine is so strong when using the litter box it drives us out of the house. This is not your normal odor as I have had many cats and the other cats that I have now do not have this horrible odor. I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem or has an idea as to how I can eliminate this ..thanks Mae


Cat urine – strong smell
Cat’s urine is usually not strong smelling if they are altered (neutered or spayed). Reasons for strong smelling urine are often urinary tract infection which would be easily ascertained by your vet. Very concentrated urine can have a strong odor and this may result from feeding dry food. The other trick is to look for a litter that is odor absorbent. There are a number of good ones available through your pet store. You may try to change the diet and switch to raw food which may have an affect on elimination odors.

©Michael Goldberg DVM

Michael Goldberg DVM
Hudson Place Veterinary Clinic
1300 West 73 Ave.
Vancouver, B.C. V6P 3E7

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Calendar of Events

July 19 & 20 Flyball NAFA Sanctioned Trial Instant Replay
Kitchener, Ontario

July 25, 26 & 27 Obedience Trial Limestone City Obedience & Kennel Club
Kingston, Ontario

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In the News

Man burned rescuing pets from burning kennels

WINNIPEG – The owner of a kennel is being praised for his heroic actions in saving dozens of dogs and cats from a fire Monday morning at Santana Kennels, just west of Winnipeg.

Pets abandoned amid moving day chaos

Not everybody will get a new home on Quebec’s July 1 annual moving day.

Protect pets from terrors of fireworks

Tips to keep them safe and sane Conditioning, medication useful

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