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Cat Vaccinations

Vaccines are a key part of preventative health care that enable your cat to develop immunity to all kinds of viruses and bacteria.

 

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Parasite Awareness Month

Ticks, fleas and worms are back in full force! Learn how you can take preventative measures in protecting your pets from those nasty parasites!

 

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Welcome to Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital in Dartmouth, NS

Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1971 and has been growing continuously, moving to its present location in 1985. In 2008, the hospital underwent extensive renovations providing for a modern, fully heated/air conditioned Boarding facility as well as a full service Veterinary Hospital.

Many of our clients began their relationship with Harbour Cities as children accompanying their parents and now regularly bring their own pets and family to the hospital. Being centrally located for the past forty years, our client base has expanded throughout the HRM.

The doctors and staff of Harbour Cities are proud to have been directly involved with assisting Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada in bringing thousands of greyhounds off the racetracks and into loving, forever homes. Our goal of improving the lives of all animals has also led us to supporting and working with the local charity group ElderDog.

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This was my first time at this vet, they fit my bunny in for an emergency appointment as she was…

Claire Macdonald

I have been using Dartmouth Cities Veterinary Hospital for about 35 years and have always had wonderful service with every…

Beverley Gallant

I took my two cats there for a vaccine and a checkup. The staff is absolutely wonderful and did everything…

Katie Singer

The staff at Harbour Cities Vet hospital are always very welcoming and friendly. Their services are fairly priced and they…

Gabrielle Robichaud

I have been here twice now with my newly adopted Greyhound. Great place & very friendly staff. Highly recommend!

Lisa Campagna

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Vestibular disease in companion animals

The vestibular system is a series of nerves, nuclei, portions of the brain, and organs of the inner ear that control the body’s sense of orientation and balance, helping the animal to understand movement. This system allows the animal to compensate for both their own movement and outside forces such as gravity, providing the ability to detect and respond to a stimulus. The vestibular system also works in conjunction with input from the eyes and proprioception from muscles, skin, and joints allowing the body to integrate sensory input and maintain balance. (Watson, etc.) To maintain normal balance, the three canals within the inner ear are filled with fluid and sensory hairs, both of which respond to the orientation of the head. Each tube is positioned at a 90 degree angle to the next and is more sensitive to movements that lie on its specific plane. As the fluid moves within the tubules, the hairs are stimulated and send nerve impulses to the brain. These never impulses are read and a message is sent to the body to respond, maintaining balance.

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Sami, my Pom

When I was young I would continuously beg my parents to let me have a dog. The answer was always “maybe one day”, and that was simply not good enough for me. I decided that 6 years old me would save up hundreds of pennies in hopes that it would be enough to afford the cost of adopting a dog one day. I remember my dad taking me to the SPCA when I turned 7 with all my pennies, allowing all my hard work in saving to finally adopt. I spotted a beautiful German Sheppard mix and instantly fell in love. My many years of saving pennies finally brought me joy as I that day adopt Bailey. Bailey was in my life for about seven months until he became very ill and we had to say goodbye. It was very hard on my family and myself to fall in love with such a great dog and then to say goodbye so soon, but I knew one day I would be ready to let myself find love in another dog as those very few months with Bailey showed me all the wonderful things dogs offer us in life.

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