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Dr. Moshe Oz

Tick borne diseases

Mar 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Valley is considered a warm area in the spring and summer. Ticks are one of the infectious agents that are more active in warm weather and put our pets at risk of contracting different diseases. Ticks attach to warm blooded beings, including humans, and suck their blood for their...

Understanding Feline Flu

Feb 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

Over the last week I have received numerous phone calls from concerned cats owners that have read the news about the cat in Calgary who died from H1N1 infection. The Feline Flu or in its professional name, Feline upper respiratory Complex, is a very common disease in cats. However H1N1 ( Avian...

Back pain in pets

Jan 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Back pain is the bane of many people’s life. We are in good company, as it turns out as our four legged furry friends are not immune to back pain either. The spinal cord is one of the most important and sensitive organs in the body. It is responsible for the transmission of the neurologic...

A new pet for Christmas

Dec 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

Pets are often given as a Christmas present to loved ones. The holiday season is hectic on its own, adding a new pet on top of that can increase everybody’s stress. Here are some tips on how to smooth up the process and ease the transition period. As a pet lover I believe that pets are an...

Prostatic gland abnormalities in dogs

Nov 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

Canada is one of the major participants and contributors to the celebration of “Movember”, the month of November in which men are encouraged to grow a mo to raise the awareness to men health. The main concern for men specifically, is the pathology of the prostate gland. All men older...

Patellar luxation

Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

Taking your family pet to the vet is an ordeal most people are not too thrilled about, both because of the stress involved in some animals as well as the financial aspect. Pet owners frequently face the dilemma of whether the problem the pet is showing is worth taking it to the vet or not. The most...

Euthanasia - the time to say goodbye

Sep 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

This column is dedicated to a lovely Golden Retriever with a golden heart named Kayda and his loving owner Ken. Kayda was suffering from an intractable problem in his mouth that eventually made him feel miserable. Ken did everything he could for his dog, but sadly nobody can stop time and...
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Cats, claws and your furniture!

Sep 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

Cats are almost the ideal pet to have. They are relatively low maintenance creatures and very independent. They can be as loving, loyal and affectionate as dogs. One of their only negative features that most cat lovers get to experience is their tendency to claw the house furniture or other...

Cats and abscess injuries

Aug 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

The summer time is for sure a busy time in veterinary clinics. Among many other things, just this past week alone we treated five cats with abscesses on their bodies. Abscesses are quite a common problem in cats. An abscess is a pocket of pus accumulated under the skin. Abscesses can be a result...

Anal glands disease

Jul 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

Most people really enjoy the company of dogs in their life. However, finding the balance between enjoying raising a pet and also keeping a clean and tidy house can be challenging at times. Dogs are quite limited with their ability to deal with pain or physical inconvenience, so they can get quite...

Beware of Spear grass!

Jul 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Just in the last week alone, I treated four pets in my practice with spear grass in their ears. Spear grass invasion is a subject that becomes relevant every year in the spring and summer seasons, hence I republish the article about spear grass with the hope it will spare suffering from your pet. ...

Cancer is a scary word

Jun 5, 2013 / 7:00 am

Cancer awareness campaigns are so popular these days. It seems that cancer is everywhere. Everybody has either experienced it first hand, or knows somebody who has. It is quite clear that advanced technology is incorporated in our lives, affecting everything - from the roots of our communication to...

Summer hazards for dogs

May 8, 2013 / 9:00 am

Summer tends to be a very busy time for veterinary practices. Naturally people are more engaged in outdoor activities which can be very pleasurable for both humans and pets but at times can bear risks. Here, you’ll find in brief the most common summer related hazards for dogs. The...

Deworming pets

Apr 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

The fact that the Okanagan is one of the areas in Canada in which there is infestation of heartworm has been discussed before. Most animal owners are diligent about regularly vaccinating their pets, and now in the heartworm season, applying heartworm control medication. However, it seems that the...

Hazardous foods for pets

Apr 3, 2013 / 6:00 am

Who doesn’t like to spoil his pet with a treat? We all do it, it’s so hard not to - you are eating and your pet is looking at you with its big yearning eyes and you just give in. However, it is crucial to know that not all items consumed by humans are safe for animals. Some foods on...

Heartworm prevalent in Okanagan

Mar 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

The good news is that the winter is almost over. The bad news is that we are not the only creatures that are going to enjoy the upcoming spring. Mosquitoes are also thrive in the warm weather. Besides being a nuisance to people, mosquitoes have the capability of transmitting a dangerous disease to...

Feline acne

Mar 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

We all know, and probably prefer to forget what acne is. “Pizza face”...I believe that is the nickname most commonly given to tease those individuals suffering from acne. As if teenagers' lives aren’t hard enough, this is another unpleasant phenomena associated with the...

Foreign body ingestion

Feb 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

Despite his huge size and quite intimidating appearance, Thistle is probably one of the sweetest, most gentle patients I have ever had. He is usually a happy fellow and will always joyfully accepts treats. Therefore when he all of the sudden became depressed, vomited repeatedly and would...

Dental health in pets

Feb 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

February is usually dedicated to the promotion of awareness of dental health in the veterinary field. Dental hygiene is one, if not THE most important aspect of veterinary preventative medicine. Oral hygiene has both medical and cosmetic significance. Being aware and proactive about your...

A new baby and the family pet

Jan 23, 2013 / 5:00 am

In our modern world most people see their pets as members of the family. More and more pets are kept indoors and many take in most aspects of the entire family life and activities. In fact, it is quite common for a young couple to jointly own a pet prior to starting a family. In those cases the pet...



About the Author

Dr. Moshe Oz owns Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, a small animal veterinary practice in West Kelowna. Dr. Oz has deep love and affection for animals. It was his childhood dream to become a veterinarian, a dream that he has fulfilled when he graduated with honours from KUVM,on 2006. Dr. Oz's special interest is Internal medicine and surgery. In his free time Dr. Oz enjoys training and racing triathlons, including the legendary Penticton's Ironman.

Dr. Oz can be contacted through his website: www.KelownaVet.ca




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