5 Major Health Benefits of Dog-Walking for Pet Owners

October 1-7th is National Walk Your Dog Month!

Most dogs are always excited to go for a walk no matter what the conditions: drizzle, cold, heat. Just say the word “walkies” and their tails start wagging like mad. Yet many pet owners often don’t feel as excited about heading out for a walk when the weather’s bad, they feel stuck for time or they simply need an extra hour’s sleep. Many reluctantly drag themselves out the door and get the walk done as fast as possible. However, in doing so, pet owners don’t just deny their pets some important daily exercise that helps keep dogs fit, healthy and happy. They equally deny themselves an easy daily activity that has tremendous benefits for human health.

Walking Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Regular daily walks have been shown to help lower high blood pressure (HBP) and, by association, HBP-related health risks like heart disease and stroke, and they don’t need to be marathon walks. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity like dog-walking (done five days a week) helps lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Walking Boosts Happiness

While walking combines several mood-elevating elements like fresh air, nature and the chance to buy some snappy new sneakers, walking helps boost serotonin, one of four natural brain chemicals commonly called the “feel-good chemicals.” In studies published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, researchers revealed that exercise helps boost serotonin levels by increasing brain levels of tryptophan, an amino acid used in the natural manufacture of serotonin.

Walking Improves Balance

As people get older, their sense of balance tends to get worse. Compounding this, certain medical conditions, medications and lack of flexibility can further deteriorate balance. All of this combines to increase the risk of falling (particularly with adults age 65 or older), and according to the World Health Organization:

  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury worldwide.
  • 3 million falls each year are serious enough to require medical attention, with 17 million falls resulting in disability-adjusted life years for injuries like hip fracture and head trauma.
  • 646,000 people around the world die each year from falls.

Walking helps improve balance and protect against injury by building lower-body strength.

Walking Helps Control Blood-Sugar Levels

According to the American Diabetes Association, low-impact exercise like walking helps reduce and control blood-sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. Walking can also help keep blood-sugar levels under control for up to 24 hours after a workout. The key to optimizing walking for diabetes prevention and control is regularity. According to joint studies by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association, individuals with type 2 diabetes should engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. And this recommendation aligns with the American Heart Association’s guidelines for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity done five days per week.

Walking Improves Management of Joint and Muscle Pain

When joints ache and muscles are sore, people naturally tend to avoid walking and other activities that may aggravate the situation. Yet according to Harvard Medical School, walking helps ease joint and muscle pain—even in people with arthritis. Walking also helps increase muscle flexibility and keeps bone and cartilage tissues strong and healthy.


2018 RVT month

We use to celebrate RVT week but last year the celebrations grew to a whole month!

What is a RVT you ask?

A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is an educated, trained professional who assists veterinarians in providing quality patient care.
They have completed a 2 or 3 year accredited Veterinary Technology Program, passed the national exam and maintain their registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT).
The responsibilities of a RVT range from technical duties (nursing care, performing diagnostic laboratory tests, monitoring anesthesia and radiographs) to managerial duties (ordering, inventory, record keeping and client education)

  Did you know?

  • 2018 marks the second annual RVT Month across Canada. RVT Month was created as a replacement for the American “National Vet Tech Week”. One week wasn’t enough to acknowledge and celebrate RVTs as integral members of the animal healthcare team
  • The title ‘RVT’ is a legal credential. RVTs work hard to earn their “R”. Every RVT in Ontario attended an OAVT accredited Veterinary Technology college program, passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), completed a Professionalism and Ethics workshop and submitted a clear criminal record check to earn their credential
  • There are almost 8,000 RVTs (Registered Veterinary Technicians/Technologists) across Canada!
  • RVTs in Canada must pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to earn their credential.
  • RVTs aren’t just found in your local veterinary clinic. RVTs help to care for a variety of different animals- from your family pets, to exotic species and wildlife, to horses, cows, pigs and goats and everything in between.
  • RVTs can specialize in different areas called Veterinary Technician Specialties. There are currently 16 different options!
  • The RVT profession has been around for 50 years! Previously known as Animal Health Technicians (AHT), the first AHT college program began in 1967.
  • In Ontario, RVTs are required to complete 20 credits of Continuing Education every two years to maintain their credential. This ensures RVTs are continually learning and growing within their field.

Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month is celebrated ALL October long!

Every year all of us at North Bay Animal Hospital ask our clients to help us make a difference in the lives of families in Ontario by raising money for the Farley Foundation.

This year we are hosting our very first Paint Night here at the North Bay Animal Hospital.  There is no experience necessary, our artist walks you through the whole painting step-by-step.  It is being held on October 24, 2018 starting at 6:30pm.  We require you to pre-register and pay at the clinic or over the phone.  The cost is $40 and all proceeds will be going to the Farley Foundation.

paint nite 2018

Come join us for a fun social night this October.

If you can not come out for the paint night there are other ways you can donate:

– purchase a paw to display on our FARLEY WALL ($2)
– purchase a small reusable Farley Tote bag filled with goodies ($5)
– pamper your pet with a Farley Nail Trim ($10)

The Farley Foundation is a registered charity established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001.  The foundation assists low-income seniors, disabled individuals, Ontario Works Recipients, women at risk of abuse participating in the OVMA SafePet Program and pets belonging to seniors’ care facilities.

NBAH’s Product of the Month

Each month we will spotlight one product that we sell here at the North Bay Animal Hospital.  We will display it in clinic as well as have a link on this page to some information on that product.

Click on the month to read about the “Product of that Month”

OCTOBER – Zylkene

NOVEMBER – Satiety treats for dogs and cats!

DECEMBER – Paw Thaw Ice Melter   & DECEMBER – Paw Guard & Pawz


Check back each month for new “Products of the Month”


Helping people. Healing pets.

The Farley Foundation was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001 and assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them.

 The Foundation proudly supports:

  • Seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement – GIS
  • Disabled individuals receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODPS) or the Canada Pension Plan – Disability (CPP Disability)
  • Women at risk of abuse entering registered women’s shelters, and who are participating in the OVMA SafePet Program.
  • Individuals receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works.
  • Facilities catering to seniors who require special care, including supporting housing, retirement homes and long-term care facilities.


  To date, the Farley Foundation has disbursed nearly $2.9 million to assist over 7,000 people and their sick or injured pets.

Farley is the English sheep dog from the internationally syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse® which appears in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide.

A big THANK YOU to our clients

On September 22, 2016 Dr. Rea and 3 other veterinarians participated in a special 60km Ride for Farley that took place in Mattawa!  They cycled from the Ecology Centre to the Kiosk and back to raise awareness for the Farley Foundation.  She was able to raise $526 all from generous donations from clients.  Thank you to all who donated – it is greatly appreciated!

SR ride for Farley in Mattawa Sept 22, 2016

The Farley Foundation is a registered charity that assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of vet care for the pets that mean the world to them.

The Foundation subsidizes the cost of non-elective veterinary care for pets owned by:

  • Seniors receiving GIS
  • Disabled individuals receiving ODSP or CPP
  • Women at risk of abuse entering a registered women’s shelter
  • Participates of the OVMA PetSafe Program
  • Individuals receiving assistance through Ontario Works
  • Facilities catering to seniors who require special care (retirement homes, long term care facilities)

The foundation relies on donations to be able to provide funding to people and pets in need.


NBAH donates Pet Oxygen Masks to North Bay Fire and Emergency Services

On Wednesday June 8, we donated two pet oxygen mask kits to the North Bay Fire Department on Princess Street.

fire department donation 2The kits were supplied by Invisible Fence Brand of Muskoka and in exchange, The North Bay Animal Hospital made a donation to the Farley Foundation.

Each kit contains three re-usable masks appropriately sized for small, medium and large animals.

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North Bay Area Canine Parasite Update

In the last few years there has been a major increase in the tick population in our province.  Not only are these parasites a nuisance to our dogs but they have the potential to carry Lyme disease.  Ticks are most prevalent in the early spring and fall outside of our traditional June to November control with products like Revolution®, Trifexis™ or Advantage multi®.

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Treat and prevent spring ticks on your dog for 3 months with one dose of Bravecto™ given March 15-April 1.  Repeat September 1 for fall protection.

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