Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Return 2019

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Return

The Huron County Health Unit, in partnership with Blyth Veterinary Services, is planning to help protect your pets and families from rabies.

They’re hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at two different locations this spring.

“Clinics will take place at Blyth Veterinary Services’ 234 Queen St. location on Friday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Protecting your pets from rabies also helps protect you and your family.

Blyth Veterinary Services, in partnership with the Huron County Health Unit, is hosting low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at two different locations this spring.

Clinics will take place at Blyth Veterinary Services’ 234 Queen St. location on Friday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Another clinic will be held at St. Helen’s Community Hall on Friday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No appointment is needed for any of the clinics.

The cost to vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies is $30, cash only. Please bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.

Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals. Rabies spreads from infected animals to people or other animals by saliva. Cats, dogs, and people may become infected with rabies when bitten by a rabid animal or when a rabid animal’s saliva comes into contact with broken skin or moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.

Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans. The best way to protect your pet and your family is to have your pet vaccinated.

Make sure that all dogs and cats, including those in the barn, are vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners are required by law (Regulation 567/90) to have all cats and dogs three months of age or over immunized against rabies. Failure to provide proof of vaccination to a Public Health Inspector investigating a biting incident may result in a charge being laid and a fine of up to $5,000 for the pet owner.

Dogs and cats often get into fights with wild animals. If you witness a fight, or if your dog or cat comes home with injuries from a fight and you believe it may have been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal:

  • Don’t handle your pet as there may be fresh saliva from a rabid animal on its coat.
  • Isolate your pet.
  • Contact your local veterinarian.

For more information, contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519-482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.  




  • If you or someone in your family makes direct contact with an animal that may have rabies, contact your family doctor.


For more information:



Here are the Ontario laws you need to know regarding Rabies Immunization


Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.


Sheepie Snack Sunday – Easter Edition

Keep your Pets Safe this Easter

While Easter is an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends, for our pets, it could quickly turn into an emergency. There are many dangers when it comes to your pet around Easter time, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some helpful tips I have created for pet parents to be aware of this weekend.

Do not let your dog consume any chocolate treats. Find all those hidden eggs before your pet does! Chocolate contains the ingredients of caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. This mixture is toxic as it stimulates your pet’s nervous system. Cocoa powder can have up to twice as much theobromine as other types of chocolate. The onset of theobromine poisoning is typically manifested by severe hyperactivity. If consumed in large amounts, theobromine can produce seizures, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding or even death. Call your veterinarian and drive your pet to the clinic immediately if you suspect they have consumed chocolate.

In addition to chocolate, any sweets containing xylitol (which is an artificial sweetener) is one to look out for. Xylitol is very harmful and can be toxic to pets, even in small amounts. If your pet happens to snatch some sweets, look out for vomiting, lethargy, lack of coordination and seizures. If any of these signs appear, contact your vet ASAP.

If you’re planning on having a big Easter dinner, steer clear of any cooked bones. Cooking destroys the structural integrity of bones (whether it be beef, turkey, chicken, etc.) which makes them more likely to fracture. While dogs love chewing on bones as they’re mentally stimulating and a tasty snack, cooked bones can cause serious dangers. The problem with all types of bones is that they can splinter; fracture your dog’s teeth, cause a choking hazard, perforation or an obstruction in the digestive tract that can require emergency surgery.

Many people save the leftovers such as skins, gravy/juices in the pan and feed to their pets, all in which are extremely high in fat and dangerous for your pet. An overload of fat can cause acute pancreatitis and inflammation.

Easter Lilies are extremely toxic to cats. The petals, stem, leaves, and even the pollen – all parts of the Easter lily plant, are poisonous. If they ingest in just a few leaves or pollen while grooming their fur, early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite and dehydration; some cats may stagger, experience disorientation and seizures. This can later cause cats to suffer severe kidney failure. Lily poisoning does not occur in dogs, though, if ingested in large amounts, it may result in mild GI issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

To finish, our last threat is Easter grass – (the fake “stringy grass”, often very colourful in Easter baskets). When your pet ingests something “stringy” like this, it can become fixed around the tongue or lodged in the stomach, causing it unable to pass through the GI tract. As result, this can cause severe damage to the intestinal tract, commonly requiring surgery.

Remember that your pets will be interested and want to be involved in any Easter celebrations that may be going on around them, too! Keep them safe and happy. Enjoy!

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can also be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assistant, Professional Pet Stylist, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Ayurveda Proverb

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – Ayurveda Proverb

Sorry my blogs have been discreet and low key right now. My focus and any spare time I have has been dedicated to my nutritional studies. However I feel leaving one with a quote to ponder is just as educational. This is an Ayurveda proverb and it is not wrong.  It could not hold more true for Riggs’ story (some day I will have time to finish school, work, and publish Riggs’ story — it must be told!) It is not just us, but diet is important for every individual and I hope that you can make the change for better health, too.

Right now we are revisiting herbal remedies for pets, anyways! The portion of my nutritional studies that I gravitate towards the most has always been the holistic elements. Who am I kidding, I love every bit of nutrition studies!

I love alternative medicine. I have great respect for alternative medicine. It will forever hold a place in my heart. Sometimes people use it as a last resort when all else fails, as I did, and now here I am studying it and understanding it when I can tell you, I was scared, maybe even a little bit skeptical, but mostly just uninformed. If it were not for alternative medicine, Riggs would not be here today.

Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic forms of healing. It originated more than 3,000 years ago in India

Ayurvedic medicine focuses on recognizing the metabolic body type of an individual, (doshas). In Ayurvedic medicine, the first action in healing is to discover the specific strengths, vulnerabilities and trends of the patient from a broad standpoint, while taking into account the individual as a whole being; mind, body and spirit. This is what makes alternative medicine stand out from conventional medicine.

Herbs and diet, or other mechanisms may then be applied to bring the foundation of the individual back into harmonious balance within the mind, body, spirit and the environment once these are identified.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Slow-Cooked Chicken & Barley

Slow-Cooked Chicken & Barley – R. Woodford

It’s the perfect time of year to pull out the slow cookers!

Your dog will love how the chicken flavour has a chance to blend into all the other ingredients while everything cooks together in a slow cooker. Approximately 10 minutes of prep, just set your slow cooker on low and carry on! Keep curious noses away. Cooking the barley for a long period of time will make it plump and soft, which allows for a generous serving size. This is a low-fat, high-fibre meal that is great for dogs on a diet!


  • 2 ½ cups pearl barley
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped beans
  • 2 large carrots, diced or shredded
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or safflower oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (I always say optional)


  • Combine all of the ingredients in the pot of a 6-quart slow cooker and stir well to combine and evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Set the temperature to low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Turn off the cooker and allow the stew to cool prior to mixing in any supplements.

Yield: 14 cups; 240 calories per cup

Daily Portion

Divide into two meals, or serve one-half the daily portion per day with one-half the normal amount of dry food.

10-Pound Dog:

1 to 1 1/3 cups

20-Pound Dog

1 2/3 to 2 1/3 cups

40-Pound Dog

3 to 3 ¾ Cups

60-Pound Dog

4 to 5 ¼ cups

80-Pound Dog

5 to 6 1/3 cups



All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Pet Stylist, Canine Nutritionist, Feline Nutritionist

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Catnip

If you have a cat, I’m sure you’ve given catnip before and have experienced the “crazy” side effects it involves. Have you ever wondered what’s going on? Why does my cat do that? What is actually in catnip, what are some of the benefits and is it ok for my cat? Here’s what you need to know!

What is Catnip?

Catnip is a perennial non-toxic, non-addictive herb, belonging to the mint family. It is also known as catmint, which includes oregano sage, and basil. Catnip was indigenous to the Mediterranean, now grown commonly across North America.

An essential oil called nepetalactone is the active ingredient found in the stem and leaves (named after the town of Nepete in Italy, and Cataria thought to have originated from the Latin word for cat. The active ingredient found in the stem and leaves induces a psychosexual response in both male and female felines.

When it is breathed in, it is believed it causes a “hallucinogenic high” comparable to LSD in a human, enduring 5 to 10 minutes. When eaten, however, it works as a sedative. Both male and female cats have the same reactions; humans are not affected, and some cats are also not affected by it. It can make cats hyper.

How does Catnip Work in Cats?

Catnip works through a chemical reaction through the olfactory system which cats have a specific response for; a receptor for the nepetalactone molecule, which is located in the vomeronasal (Jacobson’s) organ. This is a structure positioned above the palate that is present in many mammals. It is believed to copy the results of a pheromone effect in which it causes a range of different behaviors in cats.

When a cat approaches the catnip, sniffing it allows a reaction. Some cats go crazy over catnip, roll, purr loudly, and then run off. Some cats drool, eat it and look intoxicated for 5-15 minutes. Following the “high”, most cats are calm and sleep off the effects. Remove the cat nip for an hour before a second dose is effective.

Cats that have reactive personalities or are too young may not respond to catnip. First reactions to catnip are often shown between three to six months of age. Senior cats may no longer take effect. Cats may need a stress free home before enjoying catnip. Lions, pumas, and leopards can also enjoy catnip.

Is All Catnip Safe For All Cats?

No, not all catnip is safe for cats. Not all catnip plants are equally created and different plants have different amounts of nepetalactone. Catnip pellets can be 50% stronger than leaves, for example. Vomiting and diarrhea can occur if a large amount of fresh catnip is consumed.

The Benefits of Catnip:

Catnip has other benefits besides use for the cat.

Catnip is beneficial as a natural cockroach repellant. It can also keep unwanted insects away such as aphids, mites, caterpillars, ants and beetles when planted in the garden. Nepetalactone has been tested more effective than DEET; and also works on flies.

Catnip is also known to repel mice and rats.

Catnip is very interesting! Now you know the next time your kitty is perhaps “bouncing off the walls” what is going on.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday: Feline Edition Su-Purr Salmon Pate – M. Pollan

Sheepie Snack Sunday: Feline Edition

Su-Purr Salmon Pate – M. Pollan



  • 1 (6 ounce) can boneless, skinless salmon
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 envelope unflavoured gelatin
  • ½ cup water



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Pack into a small fish-shaped mold (or other small mold) and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Serve at room temperature.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Pet Insurance 101

Pet Insurance 101

One thing I hear repeatedly in my line of work is, “I’d rather put my dog down than spend money on them.” Seriously. You just said that to the wrong person.

If you have a pet, you can assume at some point in their lives, they are going to need the care of a veterinarian. I hope you never do, but sometimes the unexpected happens even if you keep a close eye on them, and pet insurance is there to help cover the costs. Whether your pet has an accident, for example your Shepherd loves to run and comes home limping; now requiring a $3000+ ACL surgery repair. Need physical therapy? That may be covered, too. Acupuncture, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, chiropractic and other alternative therapies can be used to treat many pet conditions and are eligible for coverage!

Do you think your pet swallowed something but not sure? Better safe than sorry to have exploratory surgery, but nobody wants to spend the money on vet bills. Surgeries, diagnostic tests, hospital stays and examination fees are covered. According to Petplan claims data, dogs under the age of one are actually 2.5 times more likely than their older canine companions to have an unexpected visit to the vet. Every six seconds, a pet parent is faced with a vet bill for more than $3,000 (2014 claims data). Did Dexter catch his dewclaw in the couch? (Accident claim). It doesn’t matter how closely we watch our pets, accidents are bound to happen at some point. We have them with us for hopefully (more)13 to 15 years!

Do you have an escape artist and your Beagle sniffed his way out of the backyard? You may be eligible to post a reward for their return!

Your pet could develop allergies, or an illness such as Diabetes, Cushing’s, or a Thyroid disease costing hundreds to thousands of dollars each month for treatment. One in two dogs will develop Cancer. Wouldn’t the worst thing be hearing that your dog has cancer and you have to put them down because you can’t afford it? Pet insurance can help fight cancer and offer your pet the care they deserve as costs of treating cancer can easily add up to over $10,000 depending on the patient’s treatment plan. Medications are covered. These examples would fall under illness coverage.

Another thing I hear is people do not want the monthly cost, they tell me they would rather “gamble” on their pet’s health. Or they may not need it for years and then they will cancel it. Trust me, I understand. I was once that person. I denied Riggs’ pet insurance his first years because I didn’t want an extra monthly fee. Our first dog when I was a kid never had major issues. I thought the same; I will pay out of pocket when something arises. However, when I started working in the pet industry and I saw all these problematic animals, I changed my tune real fast and made the call to sign him up. By that time yes, we did have some things on our medical record (classified as pre-existing conditions) but it was most definitely the best thing I’ve ever done. Now, here we are with a rare disease costing us thousands a year (sometimes thousands just in one month).

Before that, the amount we spent in diagnostics was well worth the money spent. Now I can claim our food, vitamins, holistics; I can give him the best care possible that he deserves without having to worry financially.

Another thing I listen to people say is they would rather put aside their own fund. Here’s an example. If you put away $50 per month, for 5 years, that’s only $600 per year equaling $3,000 over that 5 years (if you didn’t touch it!). We spent more than that this July on one procedure, not including medications. It simply isn’t enough. Though, if you paid that much per month in pet insurance (some plans are actually lower), everything would be covered for that treatment well and above.

However, life happens and sometimes we dip into Fluffy’s savings account, or they are not prepared for how much veterinary costs actually are. The thing with pet insurance is, you get that money back – up to 90%. The cost of veterinary medicine will only rise as it continues to advance. Unfortunately I am seeing people withhold veterinary care to their pet simply because of the costs and that is purely inexcusable. With pet insurance, you’ll never have to choose between your pocket and your pet.

It is just plain inevitable that our pets are going to age. Nationwide Pet Insurance data says 20% of processed claims were conditions related to obesity such as arthritis.

Having pet insurance gives you the peace of mind.

So how does pet insurance work? What does it cover and what does it not cover? Pet insurance is similar to insurance for humans. I get many clients not interested in it until they need it when they are faced with a huge expense. It doesn’t work like that. To put it similarly, you cannot get in a car accident, smash your uninsured vehicle and then call and expect to be covered for a brand new one. Make sense?

After you choose your company, discuss your pet’s history, your information including your account for automatic deposits for reimbursement or address for cheque; you pick your plan, your deductible and co-pay. Here’s how insurance works when it’s time to put it to use:

  • After seeing your vet, it’s time to make a claim for your reimbursement.
  • Usually you pay the cost up front unless your company or your vet has made other arrangements (I have spoken to one company who is set up for covering the cost so you don’t have to)
  • Print off your insurance reimbursement claim form for your attending veterinarian to fill out.
  • Attach with itemized receipts and any other original prescriptions you may have.
  • Then send in to your insurance company however they may request; fax, email, screen shot using app.
  • Done!
    • Wait for your claim to be processed and your money to be reimbursed. Time will vary depending on your company.

Pet insurance does not cover preexisting conditions (any injury or illness that your pet shows symptoms of before coverage begins.) Pre-existing conditions are not covered by any pet insurance providers. However, even if your pet has a pre-existing condition or shows indications hinting at a pre-existing condition, they are still eligible for coverage of any new accidents or illnesses. Some pre-existing conditions may be void if they no longer exist after 6 months. Ask about this!

Most pet insurances do not cover routine care as that is your responsibility as a pet owner (for example, spay/neuter, vaccinations, dentals) but you may be able to find one that includes Wellness Coverage as an option. Any company I have spoken to have not but I am learning depending on your coverage these are becoming more of an option!

Another common question is how much does pet insurance cost? That depends on many factors. The cost will vary depending on which company you choose, the plan you choose, coverage (deductible, co-pay), type of animal you have, breed, age, health status, and your location (the costs of veterinarian clinics in your area affect the price). It is best to call the insurance company yourself and ask for your individual quote.

These are some important questions you may want to ask when calling insurance companies:

  • Are there any breed exclusions? Meaning, some companies will not cover certain breeds. None that I have talked to do this anymore, but best be safe and ask. In addition:
    • Are health conditions associated with the breed covered?
  • Do you have a lifetime guarantee? (If your pet gets too old or too many claims, what happens to your policy? (premiums)
  • Do I get to keep my Veterinarian? Specialists?
  • Is my pet covered if I travel outside of our country?
  • Know your coverage – understand what is included/excluded.
    • Know your caps/limits per incident/illness
  • If you have multiple pets in the household, do they offer discounts?

You should also familiarize yourself with these common terms:

  • Co-insurance: This is the portion of the cost of the claim (what you don’t get back). For example, if your policy has 20 percent co-insurance, you will be responsible for 20 percent of the cost per claim.
  • Deductible: You will predetermine this amount in which you are responsible for paying before processing an insurance reimbursement (payout). Deductibles may be charged annually (a one time deal) or per claim.
  • Pre-existing condition: As discussed above. Any chronic known medical condition before (or during in some cases) the pet parent applied for pet insurance. Pre-existing conditions are excluded from coverage. Best to discuss with the insurance company what is or isn’t covered regarding your pet.While you many not know what the future holds for your pet, and many people have tried to calculate the math per month versus “if it’s worth it”, there is one thing you can count on, having peace of mind, and that right there is absolutely priceless.
  • Insurance Companies – Click on their websites to learn more/ enter to find your quote today. I have included Canada, U.S. and UK for my Friends.

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Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Health Epidemic

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Health Epidemic

“The diseases we are treating is the food we are feeding.” Bill Pollak, DVM, of Fairfield, Iowa.

We are living proof of this as when Riggs fell ill in spring/summer of 2017 and nobody would see him or could diagnose him, I took him off of commercial kibble and started to cook for him a basic diet when I knew nothing but had to do something…quick. This is where our long journey began.

We are in a huge health epidemic with our pets. I see it every day. More than ever there are more chronic diseases in our pets. There are more animals with weakened immune systems. Weakened immune systems cause more infections. There are more cancers than ever.

Allergies are very common; skin problems, itchy skin, and most often the cause and relief can be related to diet.

Tooth decay and periodontal disease is seen more often.

Young animals are now being treated for serious health conditions that were once only seen in older animals. Not only that, but middle-aged animals’ organs have the appearance of old animal’s organs.

Chemically processed, poor quality diets all contribute to these health issues. On top of it, improper breeding practices, over vaccinating, overmedicating, and environmental factors also add to your pet’s health.

More than 95% of animals receive their nutritional needs from a single source…commercial pet food, reports the Animal Protection Institute. Many pets are intolerant to the ingredients in these products; often a rejection expressed as a chronic illness, hypersensitivity or an overreaction to a flea bite, fragrance (soap), or an unknown environmental factor. Dry food is such a key “allergen” or intolerant for most animals because it is a concentrated compilation of many of the foods that are most allergenic for animals.

Diet is the foundation of good health. Without good nutrition, an animal cannot thrive. When we know better, we do better. Your pet’s health is in your hands and only you can be an advocate for them – you are their voice.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.

Happy New Year! 2019

At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to extend our very best wishes for a Happy New Year. Our thoughts turn appreciatively to those who have made our continuing progress possible.

It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with you all this year and we look forward to seeing what the New Year brings.

Making the fur fly,
Danielle & Riggs
The Pet Professionals

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Vitamin D and Your Pets

 Sheepie Snack Sunday – Vitamin D and Your Pets

Just like us humans, Vitamin D is needed during the winter months when there is not enough sun for our domesticated pets. Dogs that are indoors and also for dogs with dark, long coats as they cannot receive vitamin D from the sun need that extra boost.

To ensure proper Vitamin D balance, food sources such as sardines, oysters, eggs, and liver can be added to your pet’s diets.

The vitamin requirements for Vitamin D for cats are very important as well through dietary means of animal products; meat, eggs, fish oil as cats cannot synthesize vitamin D from the sunshine due to inadequate 7-dehydrocholesterol in their skin. Our feline friends are very poor at producing their own sources of vitamin D. In the wild, cats get it from the prey they hunt. Pet cats get it from good quality pet foods that are supplemented with vitamin D.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine/Feline Nutritionist.