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Hero of the Month

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Currently living happily with his loving family, Marley spends his time doing the typical silly but sweet golden retriever things; running, playing, and always getting into mischief! With his high energy, Marley is always awake at 5 a.m. with his stuffed Giraffe prancing and playing through out the entire day with Roxy and his family.

Marley was born in the autumn month of November on the 4th in 2017. His owners, Victoria and her family have owned this adorable Golden Retriever since December, 2017.

In February 2018, Marley and his family arrived to King Hopkins Pet Hospital and was diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus (CPV). Thankfully, Marley is a CPV survivor and is doing quite well now!

Marley’s owner Victoria would like to share some information on the Canine Parvovirus  Infection with other’s to help raise awareness about the illness.





The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is an extremely contagious viral illness that only affects canines. The viral infection shows itself in two forms. The most common form is the intestinal form, which usually is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite (anorexia) as symptoms. The less common form targets the heart muscles of very young puppies, which often leads to death. Most cases seen are in young puppies, between the age of six weeks and six months old. How do we help prevent this? Easily – by vaccinations.



Majority of symptoms are associated with the canine parvovirus intestinal form, which includes:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Severe, bloody diarrhea
  • Inappetence (Anorexia)
  • Fever

The intestinal viral form of CPV affects the puppy’s ability to absorb nutrients, which leaves them dehydrated and weak. The heart may beat too quickly and eyes as well as the gums may become noticeably red. When examined, the dog may be painful or uncomfortable, and have a low body temperature.



There are a variety of risk factors that could increase a canine’s susceptibility to contract the disease. The main route the virus chooses to spread is through direct contact with an infected dog, or through indirect contact by a fecal-oral route. Studies have shown the virus is most commonly found found in other dogs stool (that are infected).

The virus can be brought into a dog’s environment by anything that has come into contact with infected fecal matter. There is evidence that the canine parvovirus can live in ground soil for about a year. It is resistant to most weather changes and cleaning products, meaning it can survive throughout Canada’s winters. One of the few ways to kill the virus is by pouring bleach directly onto the area.



Initially, your dog would need to go through a series of diagnostics to confirm he/she is CPV positive. 
We will start off with a physical examination, blood work and then move forward with possible urinalysis, radiographs and ultrasound to confirm the type of parvovirus. Even though your pet’s chemical blood profile shows positive signs of the viral infection, it is not enough to determine the severity of the virus depending on the form the infection takes, whether it is a cardiac or intestinal viral infection.

As the owner, you will need to give a thorough history of your dog’s health, including recent activities and the onset of symptoms you have seen your pet display.


If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic at 905.665.6369.



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Hero of the Month

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Spunky and social Millie loves sprinting after toys and children! This little Hava-Poo girl enjoys spending most of her time playing with her toys, like her lamb chop stuffed animal. Whenever she isn’t around being silly and having a blast, Millie enjoys taking the occasional pause for a snuggle session on the couch. Millie is an especially loving dog, being the adorably fluffy white shadow to your feet with the ever-so-often attack of wet puppy kisses and little nibbles!

Millie was born December 2, 2017 coming from a lovely breeder located in Oakville. Her owners Heather and Jonathon have been the proud first pet owners of Millie since she was 8 weeks old and feel that every day is a new adventure with a learning curve.

“It was really scary when Millie got sick because it made us realize just how attached she had become to our family for such a short time.” – Heather, Owner

On February 15, 2018, Millie came to King Hopkins Pet Hospital due to an Acute Renal Failure. Thankfully, Millie made a miracle breakthrough and started to improve enough from the acute kidney failure to be discharged on February 17, 2018. Ever since, Millie has been growing in to such a beautiful Hava-Poo dog.

We are proud to announce Millie as one of our King Hopkins Pet Hospital Hero’s for the Month for February 2018!



Sending our love to Millie and her family,

We’re soo happy you’re better now!



Everyone from KHPH

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Age is Not a Disease, Caring for Your Senior Pet

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Written by Dr. Laurel Williams.


The age at which a pet is considered a senior varies according to the breed, but 7 years is the age commonly believed to be when our pets enter the senior years. This is a difficult time for most pet owners, myself included, as both my cats are 12 years old. But there are a few things that we can do to ensure that the senior years are quality years for our pets.

Many pets appear to slow down as they get older, this may however not always be normal. The adage “you don’t slow down as you grow older, but you grow older when you slow down” is also true for your pet. A pet that is beginning to slow down, may be doing so secondary to the pain of osteoarthritis. So your pet may benefit from supplements such as glucosamine or pain medication or laser therapy to provide some comfort. Your veterinarian can best advise following a complete exam of your pet. Keeping your dog’s nails short and providing non-slippery surfaces such as area rugs on a tiled, hard-wood or other slippery floors are things that you can do at home to assist with your dog’s mobility. Cats can get arthritis too. So for senior cats it may be helpful to provide shallow litter-boxes so that your pet has an easier time getting in and out of the box. Also consider placing a litterbox on the same level that your senior cat spends much of its time. This will reduce the distance they would have to walk to the litterbox.

As your pet gets older, you should prevent weight gain, as an overweight pet will have a hard time with arthritis. Regular exercise for dogs is recommended, but this should take the form of leisurely walks, allow your pet to set the pace. High impact exercise, involving jumping or acrobatics, is discouraged for the senior dog.

The senior pet is also at increased risk for developing heart, kidney, or thyroid diseases and cancers. For early detection it is a good idea to have your veterinarian perform wellness blood-tests periodically during the senior years; this way any abnormality can be found and treated, allowing you quality extra time with your senior pet.

You can monitor your pet at home for changes in behaviour- such as eating, drinking, and bathroom habits or for signs of confusion. Also check your pets’ body frequently for any lumps or bumps. Any changes in the above behaviour or any lumps or bumps should be checked by your veterinarian.

Having your pet live a full and quality life should always be the goal, and these are just some of the tips that you can put in place to help your senior pet. Start by scheduling a visit with your veterinarian.

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Our Third Anniversary

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Thank you all in Durham and the surrounding areas for THREE INCREDIBLE YEARS! 🎉 We appreciate all of your business and we look forward to serving you better in the years ahead.

💜 From the Hopkins Family.

We’ve enjoyed all the memories and happiness you have shared with us. Here’s a few photos;










Such great staff! During a difficult time of having to put our 16 year old dog down and later at night they were so kind! They were understanding and didn't pressure us to make us feel like we were doing the wrong thing. They trusted our judgement and made the situation as easy as it could possibly be. The best part has to be that they treat you like people and talk to you like a person as well! We honestly can't thank them enough for everything!

Rebecca Howe

Wonderful care at very reasonable prices!! We just picked up our goldendoodle who we brought to this clinic two nights ago - at 3:00 AM - with acute pancreatitis. Dr. Black and her assistant Karla were very compassionate, confident and efficient. Throughout the day yesterday Dr. Williams kept us informed of Ricky's progress and tried a number of alternative treatments to avoid surgery. My wife and I will not hesitate to return to this clinic as regular clients and have already begun recommending it to our friends. Thank you so much!!

Steve & Cheryl

Came in for an emergency visit. Dr Black and Taylor were so gentle and caring with my 12 yr old morkie. I was pleased with the reasonable rates.

Elizabeth Price