Two cute guinea pigsMite infestations are one of the most common problems seen in guinea pigs at Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital. If left untreated, the mites can cause a great deal of stress and suffering for their host. Read on to learn more about guinea pig mites and the simple treatment available should your guinea pig show symptoms of these parasites.

What are Guinea Pig Mites?

Guinea pig mites are microscopic, spider-like parasites that burrow deep under the skin of their host and cause untold stress and severe irritation to the pet. These mites, also known as Trixacarus caviae, quickly die if not attached to a host. Read More

Running beagle puppy at the walkIt is wonderful to find a dog park that you and your pet can enjoy near your Delta BC veterinarian, and near your home, too. Your pet is welcome in most parks if you have him on a leash and follow the rules for on-leash pets.

However, even more fun are the parks where your dog can run free without his leash, as long as you follow the rules for these parks as well. Animal control officers routinely monitor all parks to make sure everyone obeys the rules. Read More

CatCat bowel problems are relatively common and easy to treat if they are detected early. By simply checking your cat’s litter box and noting her habits, you should be able to tell if something’s amiss.

Ideally, cats should move their bowels on a daily basis. Their stool (feces) should be well formed (not too hard but easy to scoop out of the litter box), deep brown in color, and without a particularly foul odor.

If your cat’s bowel habits change or her stool doesn’t seem normal, she may be suffering from one of several cat bowel problems. Read More

Boy looking his pet guinea pigWhile rodents, in general, lead long lives, they have their share of health problems that require small animal vet intervention. Some may pick up infectious diseases while others develop conditions related to aging and nutrition. In all cases, however, early detection and treatment are key.

It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of common health problems among rodents that signal a need to seek attention from a small animal veterinarian.  Read More

Woman and Her Dog Shaking Hands SilhouetteSurrey animal hospital veterinarians are in the front line when it comes to finding foster homes for animals that, for one reason or another, need temporary care. Animal lovers can volunteer to become pet foster parents, offering some much needed care and love to animals that may otherwise be homeless or neglected.

What is Pet Fostering?

Pet foster parents are volunteers that offer a temporary home to animals in need of shelter, care and love until a permanent home can be found for them. In some cases the animals may belong to an elderly person who has to spend time in hospital. Once they are able to return home and care for their pet, it will be returned to them. However, in the meantime knowing their pet is in a safe and loving environment can be a huge relief to the incapacitated owner. Read More

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