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Does my pet have cancer?

May 15, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Breast cancer has been one of the hottest topics drawing people's attention and awareness in the last few years. There are numerous fundraising campaigns to raise money for improving and further developing research on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Women are not the...

Tick-ing time bomb

Mar 28, 2016 / 7:30 am
Spring has barely sprung, and already I’ve been noticing its impact while treating pets with medical conditions typical this time of year. The weather is warming up, and all sorts of creatures that remain dormant in winter reappear. Among those are ticks. Probably the most dramatic...

Deadly obstruction

Feb 27, 2016 / 7:00 am
Late one night when I was getting ready to crawl into bed after a busy day at the hospital, I received a phone call from the panicked owners of a dog called Rascal. He had been given a rawhide bone, which he had happily chewed until suddenly he appeared to be choking. I rushed to the hospital...

Feline urinary tract disease

Jan 11, 2016 / 8:05 pm
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease If you share your life with a cat, you should be aware of a syndrome called Feline lower urinary tract disease (aka FLUTD). This term refers to a number of abnormalities in the urinary tract, including bladder infections and formation of crystals/stones. In...

Antifreeze poisoning

Dec 14, 2015 / 6:00 am
Lets face it, winter is here. As much as I was dreading it, I can’t deny it any longer, so the winter boots are out of the storage, along with the snow suits. The shovel is ready in standby. The car is winterized. I’m pretty much ready, are you? If you are still in the process, take...

Coyote attacks

Nov 9, 2015 / 6:00 am
What makes our town so wonderful, in my eyes, is that it is the perfect combination of urban living and country living. Living in such close proximity to nature brings some undesirable encounters with wildlife, though. Wild animals are getting more and more used to humans. Bears and coyotes are...

Aural hematoma

Sep 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
Ear issues have always been a common problem faced by pet owners. Besides the typical reasons for ear infections in pets, such as allergies, hormonal imbalance etc, another very common reason for sudden ear ache and head shaking in this season is spear grass penetration. Unfortunately on top of...

Allergic reaction to insects

Jun 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Camping season is in its prime. I am always fascinated how the nature of many of the cases I treat in my clinic is directly related to the season. With our patients running around in nature, naked, and fascinated by all things moving, insect bite allergic reactions are a familiar presentation for...


Apr 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
For those of you unfortunate enough to have suffered from an ear infection, you know how terrible the pain and discomfort can be associated with ear aches. So can you imagine having tiny creatures living in your ear canal, constantly causing itchiness and inflammation? One, or probably even the...

Marijuana intoxication in pets

Feb 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
It was 4 AM and I was finally sleeping after a very busy weekend at the hospital when I got a phone call on my emergency line from a panicked dog owner. The owners are a young, bubbly couple. They had just finished partying when they noticed their 10 month old puppy was acting very strangely. The...

Behavioral problems in dogs

Jan 15, 2015 / 5:00 am
Back in history it was very uncommon for people to take medication for mental issues. People that were treated medically were considered crazy. Going to a psychiatrist was the last resort and was done secretly and accompanied by feelings of of shame. Nowadays things have changed, people are...

Approach to tumors in pets

Nov 28, 2014 / 5:00 am
Similarly to humans, tumors are very common in animals, especially in the senior animal population. According to research, cancer is the cause of almost 50% of deaths in pets over 10 years of age. It is important to understand that not every tumor is cancerous. By definition, a tumor is any...

Demodex Mite

Oct 17, 2014 / 5:00 am
Over the years of working as a veterinarian, my list of “special” patients, keeps expanding. One of the most memorable cases I will always have in my repertoire is Zeiss. Zeiss is a dog of the Catahoula breed. Zeiss was about 3 months old when he first came to see me at my practice....

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Sep 6, 2014 / 5:00 am
Eating endlessly but still losing weight, that would sounds like a dream come true to many of us. However, for the feline population, this phenomenon is a sign of a serious, yet quite common metabolic disorder called Hyperthyroidism. The thyroid glands are organs situated in the neck and secrete...

Arthritis in dogs

Jul 18, 2014 / 5:00 am
Arthritis. I’m sure most, if not all of the senior readers will be able to relate to this topic. Arthritis is a group of disorders associated with the bones and joints. The meaning of the term Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint. There are a few different types of arthritis. Some...

Travelling with pets

Jun 23, 2014 / 5:00 am
The summer months are the official vacation time for many families. With the current school strike going on, many people are finding themselves on vacation sooner than they expected. If you consider going on a family getaway, don't be discouraged if you didn’t plan an arrangement for your...

Treating bite wounds

May 6, 2014 / 5:00 am
Animals tend to bite in self defence, in an attempt to prey food, and as part of normal interactions. Occasionally the bite attacks may seem unprovoked. One may be surprised to hear that dogs and cats mouths are probably one of the most contaminated organs in their body. Besides the fact that...

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...

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...


Jan 2, 2013 / 5:00 am
The holiday season is all about familial gatherings that, let's face it, always include food. It is well known that pets are part of the family, therefore they very frequently get to enjoy the holiday goodies as well. This is a brief reminder to people who like to include and share their...

Candy for us, deadly for them

Dec 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
The Christmas holiday season is upon us. In the season of giving, chocolate is a very popular gift people like to exchange. As a chocolate lover myself, I know how a chocolate indulgent can raise your spirits. As well as most people, dogs tend to have a “sweet tooth” too, but for dogs...

Spaying & neutering pets

Nov 28, 2012 / 5:00 am
We humans are very emotionally attached to our reproductive system. Inability to have children is a very difficult situation for most people. The idea of electively removing our reproductive organs is just unspeakable. However, most people would have this procedure performed on their pets without a...
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

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.