Hank’s Weight Loss Challenge


Hank is going on a weight loss program.  We have already done a Healthy Weight Protocol on him and started him on Hill’s Metabolic® food.

His goal weight to reach is 5.9kg!

Follow his progress with us!

October 8, 2015 – weighs 7.9 kg

October 15, 2015 – weighs 7.88 kg

October 22, 2015 – weighs 7.78 kg

October 30, 2015 – weighs 7.77 kg

November 5, 2015 – weighs 7.8 kg

November 12, 2015 – weighs 7.76 kg

November 19, 2015 – weighs 7.6 kg

Nov 19, 2015 Hank on scale

November 26, 2015 – weighs 7.5 kg

December 3, 2015 – weighs 7.48 kg

December 10, 2015 – weighs 7.44 kg

December 17, 2015 – weighs 7.37 kg

December 23, 2015 – weighs 7.29 kg

December 31, 2015 – weighs 7.4 kg (gained a little weight over the holidays 🙂

January 7, 2016 – weighs 7.43 kg

January 14, 2016 – weighs 7.33 kg

January 21, 2016 – weighs 7.27 kg

January 28, 2016 – weighs 7.2 kg

February 8, 2016 – weighs 7.14 kg (we missed the weigh in on Thursday 🙂

February 18, 2016 – weighs 7.08 kg…  Hank started a NEW diet last week (Medi-Cal Calm) and he is still loosing!  Keep up the good work, HANK!!

Employment Opportunity at North Bay Animal Hospital

Our vision is to provide quality veterinary medicine to responsible pet owners in a civil, fair and enjoyable work atmosphere.

We are looking for 2 enthusiastic members to join our team!

The first ideal candidate must be responsible, reliable and flexible in scheduling. You must be able to work independently and have a strong work ethic. This part-time position requires you to be available weekends, evenings and holidays. Duties include various cleaning tasks, animal care such as feeding and exercising as well as hospital husbandry.

The second ideal candidate must be responsible, self-motivated, be able to multi task and have excellent communication skills. Responsibilities include greeting clients and pets, scheduling appointments &/or surgeries, managing multiple phone lines, checking patients in/out, processing payments and handling client inquires. This full time, long term position has varied shifts that include some evenings and Saturday mornings. Experience with Cornerstone an asset.

If you believe you are the right person for one of these positions, please forward your resume with cover letter to [email protected] or in person at North Bay Animal Hospital. ATTENTION: Lori-Ann

The importance of Annual Veterinary Visits

Annual veterinary visits are as important as food and love to a pet’s health and well-being.
annual checkups

– It’s much easier to prevent disease then to treat it.

Only veterinarians have the training to identify and treat preventable diseases and conditions that can lead to better, less costly outcomes for pets. With regular checkups, your veterinarian can spot problems at their earliest stages.  Remember: pets age faster than we do, so missing even one yearly checkup can be like us not visiting a doctor for over five years!

A veterinary checkup is about way more than shots.  Here are some things your veterinarian looks for during an annual checkup:

mouthMOUTH: bad breath can lead to more than a no-kisses policy.  Your veterinarian will check for tartar, inflammation and infections that can make your pet sick or cause tooth loss.


eyesEYES: who can resist those eyes?  Your veterinarian looks for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, infection, jaundice, allergies and more.


earsEARS: Your dog hears the treat cupboard open from a kilometer away.  Your cat hears the can opener and comes running.  Your veterinarian can help keep it that was with checks for infection and other ear problems.


body2BODY: When your veterinarian gives Fido or Kitty a rub down, she’s checking body muscle tome, weight and for enlarged lymph nodes that can be a sign of infection or disease.


abdomenABDOMEN: It’s more than a belly rub!  Your veterinarian is trained to feel for tumours, signs of pain and enlarged organs.


skin and coatSKIN & COAT: Your veterinarian will check your furry friend for fleas, ticks, mites, skin infections and lumps and bumps.


under the tailUNDER THE TAIL:  It’s not pretty, but your veterinarian checks under the tail for anal gland issues, tapeworms and tumours.


joints and spineJOINTS & SPINE:  Just like us, pets feel their age.  Your veterinarian will check the joints and spine for signs of pain and tenderness – so you can take a proactive approach to pain management.


heart and lungsHEARTS & LUNGS:  When your veterinarian gets out the stethoscope, she’s listening for heart murmurs and irregular beats.  She’s also making sure Fido’s or Kitty’s lungs are clear.


the samples

THE SAMPLES:  Why does your veterinarian ask for a stool sample?  To check for intestinal parasites.  Bloodwork and urinalysis may also be ordered to confirm your pet is healthy.


**Taken from PETS magazine May/June 2015








Drop-In Celebration for Dr. O’Connor

Some of you may already know that Dr. O’Connor has decided to retire from clinical practice here at the North Bay Animal Hospital to pursue other veterinary interests. He has been a great addition to the clinic for the past 15 years and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

Please drop-in to the North Bay Animal Hospital on Saturday February 7, 2015 between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm to express your good wishes to Dr. O’Connor and enjoy a beverage and snack with us!

Get to the bottom of that bad breath!

Halitosis is the medical term used to describe an offensive odor that comes from the mouth, producing bad breath.


Brachycephalic breeds (characterized by their short-nosed, flat-faced features) are the most prone to periodontal and other mouth diseases.

** Click on the picture above to learn more about bad breath.

Chin Acne in Cats

Yes, cats get acne too!

cat chin

What is chin acne?

Feline chin acne is a poorly understood disorder of follicular keratinization. Keratinization refers to the overproduction of keratin, a protein found in the outer layer of skin. If this excess keratin is trapped in the hair follicle, comedones or “blackheads” form. Pustules or “pimples” may form if bacteria infect the comedones. Feline chin acne is similar to the acne that humans get.     …..read more