Thursday, May 24, 2018


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The Pet Expert: Being a More Eco-Conscious Pet Owner

EcoConsciousPetOwner270Earth Day is this week, and people everywhere are choosing to find more planet-healthy alternatives to their everyday products. For pet owners, there are many ways to make a significant eco-friendly difference going forward. It all begins with knowing which products cause the most harm to our planet.

Here is my top 5 list of worst-offending environmental pet products:

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Earth Week Memorial Park Clean-up Postponed

mempk2016 instagram270With the mid-April snow and ice storm experienced in Meaford and throughout Ontario in the past week, organizers of the annual Earth Week clean-up of Memorial Park have decided to postpone the event until Saturday, May 5, the date of the community-wide clean-up initiative.

More snow and rain is in the forecast for the coming week making it impossible to conduct a cleanup, particularly in the forested areas of the park where volunteers also plan to dig up some invasive plant species.

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Annual Quilt Show This Weekend

quilt show 2018 270The 27th annual United Church Women’s Quilt Show takes place this weekend at the Meaford United Church on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21. Doors open both days at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This promises to be another spectacular year of approximately 50 new homemade quilts from the surrounding area of the Grey Bruce Peninsula,” said organizers of the event.

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The Pet Expert: Just the Facts - Heartworm Disease

Heartworm270While pet owners routinely go through the same heartworm disease prevention protocol every year, many do not fully understand exactly what they are treating – and what risks are involved.

Heartworms are large roundworms. They live in the heart and blood vessels supplying the lungs. This parasitic worm, called Dirofilaria immitis, reproduces inside a living host, and survives on nutrients stolen from the host’s blood. Heartworms resemble strands of spaghetti and can grow to a length of 15-30 centimetres. In severe cases, a host may be infested with hundreds of worms, called a 'burden'.

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