Helpful Links

  • General Information
  • Pet Health
  • Parasite & Poison Control
  • Pet Insurance
  • Loss Support
  • Rescue Organizations & Wildlife

General Information

City of Vaughan Pet Licensing

This website features detailed information about the dog and cat licensing requirements for pet owners in the city of Vaughan. Residents can visit the site to learn about the rules, fee structure and other local pet ownership information. You can also renew existing licenses as well as purchase new ones through this website.

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a professional association representing over 3,300 veterinarians in the Province of Ontario, working in private practice, government, academia, industry and public service. The OVMA focuses its efforts on the areas of economic research, continuing education and professional development, public relations and government relations.

College of Veterinarians of Ontario

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) regulates the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario to protect the public interest. While the CVO is not a school or university, the organization licenses veterinarians, inspects and accredits veterinary facilities and investigates complaints against veterinarians. It is the Veterinary regulatory and licensing board for Ontario.

Pet Health

Pet Health Network

Beware the “Experts” is a website created by Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM to combat much of the misinformation that is going around about pet care. It’s okay to get some baseline information from the web, the breeder, the rescue volunteers, or the kid at the pet store, but before you panic and think the worst or do something stupid, speak to your veterinarian—the true pet expert! This website contains some excellent veterinarian-generated pet information to help you make wise, informed decision in the care of your animal companion. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Pet Obesity Prevention

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has launched campaigns to fight pet obesity within the veterinary medical community, veterinary schools, and state and local veterinary organizations. They are made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital. Visit the APOP website for helpful weight loss tools, as well as diet and exercise tips to help keep your animal companion
fit and healthy.

Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

This web site is intended to assist owners of dogs and cats that suffer from diabetes. The site provides disease information on diabetes mellitus. Advice about insulin treatment and suitable diets for managing canine and feline diabetes can also be found. There is a separate page for dogs and cats, each containing a wealth of helpful information for managing this common medical condition.

Parasite & Poison Control

Pets and Parasites

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals that was established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. The Pets and Parasites website provides a wealth of information for dog and cat owners and educational resources to help keep pets safe from dangerous parasites.

Companion Animal Parasite Council

The mission of CAPC is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections. Visit the CAPC website to learn everything you need to know about parasites that can affect our animal companions and prevention tips for keeping your pet parasite-free.

Pet Poison Hotline

Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. They have the resources and ability to help every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. Their knowledge and expertise of pet poisons will put your mind at ease when dealing with a potential emergency, and help you manage the situation to provide the best chance at a
positive outcome.

List of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

This is a comprehensive list that has been assembled by the ASPCA and contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in this online plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you believe your pet has encountered a toxic plant, you should contact your family vet immediately.

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance Reviews

Pet Insurance Review’s goal is to assist pet owners who are shopping for pet insurance. The website provides information on benefits, pricing and customer reviews, to help pet owners make the appropriate decision for themselves and their pets. The website is not owned or controlled by any pet insurance company. Browse independent reviews, compare insurance companies and individual plans to find the right one for your specific needs.

Petsecure Pet Insurance

No pet should have to suffer because of the inability of his or her owner to pay for veterinary care. With Petsecure pet health insurance, pet owners have the security of knowing their pets will always have access to quality veterinary healthcare whenever they need it, whether it’s routine preventative care or emergency treatment. Learn more about Petsecure or get a free quote by visiting their website.

Trupanion Pet Insurance

Trupanion is dedicated to providing the best pet insurance plan possible in order to help easily and safely protect pets. They offer plans that cover accidents, illnesses, diagnostic testing, surgeries, medications, and lab work. They also offer fair premiums and customizable deductibles so anyone can afford to insure their pets, regardless of budget. Visit the website to learn more or get a free quote.

Loss Support

Pet Loss Support

Comprehensive online resource to assist in dealing with the emotions involved with losing a pet. You will find grief support and testimonials from other users as well as memorials and ideas on ways to remember the life of a beloved animal companion.

Pet Loss Support Hotline

The University of Guelph Pet Loss Support Hotline is staffed by University of Guelph students who are trained to listen and support callers experiencing grief. They provide a non-judgmental forum in which a caller can express their feelings surrounding the loss (or impending loss) of their pet. The group also provides information resources for veterinarians, pet owners and concerned friends and relatives of pet owners regarding pet loss, euthanasia and memorialization of pets.

Gateway Pet Memorial

Gateway Pet Memorial provides a broad range of aftercare services including communal and individual cremations, viewing and visitation facilities, and a variety of memorial products. The Gateway website also contains an area where visitors can create online memorials to commemorate their cherished animal friends, and can share their stories with others who are also experiencing the loss of a pet.

Rescue Organizations & Wildlife

Farley Foundation

Since 2001, the Farley Foundation has been assisting people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their beloved pets. Established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the Foundation has since expanded to also assist the pets of at-risk women who are participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program. The Farley Foundation honors the human-animal bond and
seeks to help those who truly benefit the most from pet ownership.

Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue

Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue is dedicated to the rescue and adoption of homeless cats and kittens and providing support to keep cats in loving homes. They do everything within their power to ensure that the cats in their care are matched with the best possible homes based on their personality, history, habits, and individual needs. Their mission is simple: to save lives. The Forgotten Ones website contains information about the organization, ways you can lend your support, and available cats for adoption.

Urban Wildlife

If you see injured or abnormally behaving wildlife in Vaughan, here are instructions to follow to protect yourselves and your pets.

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