Adopt a senior pet

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

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Senior pets are typically the last to be adopted and are usually the first to be euthanized in any shelter. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month to encourage those who desire to adopt a cat or dog to consider older pets instead of overlooking them. There are plenty of reasons why you should choose a senior pet.

As you look around the shelter, you will have fewer selections of puppies or kittens because they typically get adopted first. The older cat and dog usually get passed up, but there is no reason to ignore the obvious as they can give just as much love. The senior pet is calmer than puppies and they give just as much love. By adopting an older pet you will not be surprised over their size as they are fully grown. There are other benefits to consider when deciding on adopting.

  • There are fewer messes on the floor and furniture as they are already trained to go outside or use the litterbox.
  • No chewed up furniture or shoes as an older pet isn't teething
  • They are more relaxed and will not jump all over you

There are other reasons to choose an older pet from an adoption shelter even though young and old pets need homes just the same. Older dogs and cats have less time available in crowded shelters especially if they are categorized as unadoptable due to their age and condition. Some of the most loving pets can be in their teens already and will be very thankful to you to be in a safe environment with one on one love and attention. They make great instant companions.

Senior female cats and dogs tend to be adopted even less than male. They are all spayed and neutered pets upon adoption and it should not matter what sex the animal is as they can all provide the same companionship. Senior dogs and cats, regardless of gender, make great pets just like any puppy or kitten.

When you decide to make the big step in adopting a pet, hopefully you will think twice about overlooking a senior pet. Take into consideration what all they can provide you as much as what you can provide them. They make ideal pets and are anxiously waiting to find their new home. You can be their hero and provide them with joy and happiness for the rest of their life.

Topics: Halifax vet, dog care, cat care, cat adoption

Kitten proofing the house

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 07:57 AM

The majority of cat adoptions in the world tend to see people bringing kittens home as their newcat adoption halifax pet. Of course, because kittens are babies, you will have to take measures to kitten proof your house. This will not only keep your belongings safe but will ensure the safety of your new pet. Kittens are naturally curious, which means you should prepare for your kitten proofing even prior to your cat adoptions.

Move Plants

  • The first step you can take toward kitten proofing your home is to explore the plants you have growing indoors. Certain types are poisonous to cats, which means your kitten can get seriously ill if it ingests leaves, flowers or anything else. Remove these plants from the house and place them outdoors in your garden or garage. If this is not possible, consider housing them in hanging baskets in your home. This will effectively keep them out of your new pet's reach.

Secure Screens

  • If there are any windows in your home that do not have screens, put some up immediately. This should be done prior to any cat adoptions. Kittens and cats alike love to sit in window wills to peer outside, and screens will help to protect them from falling out and getting lost.

Remove Plastic Bags

  • Remove any stray plastic bags from the floor or anywhere else that your kitten can get into. Kittens tend to love playing with whatever they can get their little paws on, but plastic bags can be deadly if your pet gets trapped inside. Put all bags away where your kitten can't get to them or recycle them.

Store Household Cleaners

  • Put away any substances that are harmful to your kitten's health. This includes household cleaners, mothballs, paint, paint thinner and other items that pets can get into. Before your cat adoptions, you should make sure these items are stored safely away in closets, crawlspaces or cabinets where your pet will not have access to them.

Kitchen Caution

  • Always supervise your pet kitten when you are cooking and using the stove or oven. If your pet is the type who likes to climb up on kitchen cabinets, the sink and the stove, it is best to keep him or her out of the kitchen, especially when you are cooking or cleaning as this can be a dangerous situation.

Keep Kittens Indoors

  • Keep your kitten indoors at all times. Cats tend to be far more healthy and safe when you raise them to be house cats. When you let them roam outside, especially as kittens, they can more easily contract diseases or become injured and even killed in the worst case scenario.

Tie Up Cords

  • Pick up any dangling cords or strings that may attract your kitten. Kittens can get strangled if they get caught up in these things.

So now you're all set to bring home a new kitten.  Of course you'll need a vet too, we'd love to be yours!  Let's get to know one another with a hospital tour.

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Topics: veterinary hospital, animal hospital, cat care, vet halifax, cat adoption

The Cost of a Free Cat

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 07:58 AM

A cat is a great companion and friend that soon becomes part of the family. It is estimated that up to 65% of cat owners get their cats from family members, neighbors, or “free” ads, but the reality is that a "free" cat can cost you between $400 and $5,000 in care the first year, and a little less for each subsequent year. This statistic comes from PetFinder, an organization that tracks pet adoptions and their successes.

Cat adoption may seem like an expense, but here are some things that can drive up the cost ofcat adoption halifax care for your “free” cat.

Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from your pet to you. Your “free” cat or kitten may have conditions that will not only make your new friend sick, but can infect other pets and even people in your home.  

Some of these include ringworm; roundworms; bartonella, a disease sometimes called “cat scratch fever,”; giardia, a parasitic intestinal infection; and other diseases, some very serious. Rabies, salmonella, and diseases spread by fleas and ticks such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be a problem.

If any of these conditions exist, you not only cover the cost of caring for your new cat, but other pets and family members. Zoonotic diseases often also require sanitation and costly home cleansing to ensure a safe living environment. These problems can be avoided in a cat adoption.

These facts shouldn’t deter you from seeking out a companion cat to share your home. There are responsible and cost effective ways to acquire your new furry friend, and one of them is adopting. Cat adoption makes sense for many reasons. Adoption means paying a fee, but that fee ensures a safe and happy experience.

Complete Medical Screening

Your new cat will have been thoroughly checked out, and you will know about any issues or medical needs before you decide whether this cat is the right one for your family. You may fall in love with a new friend who will require on-going treatment for a condition, but you will know what is involved and what it will cost right away. 


Keeping diseases at bay is as important for your pets as it is for you and your children. Your new kitty will have had all of his or her vaccines and be ready to move in without being vulnerable to harmful diseases, or exposing your family to something harmful. The cost of adoption will have covered all of this for you.

Spay and Neuter

This important responsibility for pet owners can be costly. While it appears that adoptions cost a lot up front, consider the value of a spay or neuter surgery. The $150 you pay for the adoption means not having to pay for the surgery later. 

Adopting is a safe way to ensure adding a well and happy new member to your family. Adopting is best for your pet and for your family.

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Topics: animal hospital, cat care, vet halifax, cat adoption

Our dear Friend Freddy turns 10 on October 1st!

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Freddy is the resident cat at our Spryfield Animal Hospital.  Drop by anytime  on October 1st for cake and a hello. fred

You may even want to adopt one of Feddy’s friends.  View Spryfield Animal Hospital Cats for Adoption here…

Freddy joined our clinic in May of 2008 because he wasn’t able to move with his dad to Alberta. The staff at Spryfield Animal Hospital and Freddy immediately bonded and Freddy became a permanent member of the Client Relations Team. 

Freddy’s favorite pastime is sleeping on the highest perch in our food room or hanging out and greeting people at the front desk! 

Topics: animal hospital, cat adoption

Help these cats find Forever homes!

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

Are you looking for a kitten or cat, or know somebody who is?  We have many cats looking for forever homes.  You can browse who is available on our website.  We have cats for adoption at both our Spryfiled Animal Location as well as our Fairview Animal Hospital.  

Here are just one of cutie looking for a home right now...

Daisy is 18 weeks old, short haired brown tabby. She has a twin sister we are hoping to adopt them together. Pic to follow...Marigold has a green collar. Daisy has a yellow collar. Learn more about her here

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Our Adoption Program

Adoption prices are $150.00 + for a male or female kitten. This covers the spay or neuter when they are 6 months. All kittens would have at least had their first set of vaccines, deworming, have been de-fleaed, bloodwork for feline leukemia and FIV, vet checked etc. Owners may be responsible for one or two vaccine boosters shortly after they adopt a cat depending on how long the cat or kitten has been here. $90.00+ each set.
Adult cats are $75.00+ they have already been spayed or neutered. Also would have had at least their first set of vaccines, de-worming, have been de-fleaed, blood work for feline leukemia and FIV, vet checked etc.

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Topics: veterinary hospital, animal hospital, vet halifax, cat adoption