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Welcome to the Glanbrook blog! This is where you will find helpful tips and information to help you care for your furry friend. We are passionate about ensuring the health and happiness of all animals and sharing important, interesting, inspirational insights with pet owners.

In addition to practical tips, the blog will also showcase life at Glanbrook. Our clients are as amazing as our wonderful team! This space will shine a light on both from time to time through client stories, posts by Glanbrook team members other than myself (Dr. Heather McGowan) and lots more.

Check back often! Reach out in the comments section of each post to get answers to your questions or to let us know of a topic you'd like to us to cover. We are more than happy to help and look forward to hearing from you!


Corn! Not so bad afterall...

Sep 20, 2017

Nutrition is obviously a very important part of my job as a Veterinarian. I recently changed our sign at the road to read: "Corn is an essential nutrient.". My hope was this it would stimulate some good converstaion regarding the ingredient, and actually how great it really is. After receiving an inappropriate email from a passerby of the clinic, regarding our sign, I thought it necessary to spread the word! I have I always thought that diets/nutrition can definitely be a source of tension. I guess I just didn't realize how much!

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Glanbrook Pet Diaries: Jake and Mortimer, Part 3

Apr 21, 2017

Day 1,274 of living with Jared and Sara: It’s ya boy, Morty! The sun has been out more and more lately! When our humans walk through the door, they no longer bring gusts of nasty cold air into the house! So much to be excited about! It’s the best! – Mortimer

Day 1,284: Mortimer has been extra hyper lately. Not sure why. It might be related to all that white stuff on the ground being gone…I do have to admit that it’s extra nice laying by the window in the sunlight and not having to see that stuff outside! Whatever it is. – Jake


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Blogging in......Caledonia :(: We are home safely

Jan 21, 2017

Its hard to believe that all the planning....all the fundraising...all the travel and the work....its over. However, I decided while we were down there, that this won't be the end. I am working on establishing a permanent bridge between Glanbrook and SAGA. The wheels are turning, and I have already discussed some plans with Dr. Jochem Lastdrager from the Saga Clinic (I believe I spelled that wrong in my last blog, so if you are reading Jochem, I'm sorry!). I'm excited for the possibilities this could bring. I learned a lot about myself this trip. I realized why I have been...

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Blogging in Belize Day 6: Traps, and Lungworms, and Mites! Oh My!

Jan 20, 2017

Our last day at Saga. We soaked up every moment. When we arrived this morning, we found a small puppy that  had been left in an outside kennel overnight. He was completely covered in sores and scabs and missing most of his hair....a pretty classic presentation of Demodectic Mange. However, the last case I diagnosed presented as just an itchy dog (a few weeks ago at GVS). This poor guy was crawling with Demodex - they were destroying him. We quickly examined him and bathed him to make him more comfortable. We warmed him up and placed him on iv fluids (luckily we had just donated an...

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Blogging in Belize! Day 4: We could get used to this :)

Jan 20, 2017

Another absolutely stunning day here in Belize. I just got in from sitting under the stars with the dogs, on the beach......its a rough life I lead :). It is amazing to me how I can look up at the sky, the same sky I know that you all are looking at....and yet we are so far away in more ways than one. The scenery may be breathtaking, the weather gorgeous, and the sand as white as it comes.....but the struggle is real down here. Today we finished up some more surgeries, including a 90lb St. Bernard that had puppies 8 weeks ago, and I had to stand on my tip toes the entire surgery (funny...

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Blogging in Belize: Day 4 - SNIPS and SNORKELING

Jan 18, 2017

Our drive in this morning was definitely different from yesterdays....we stopped to pick up Alex (the unwell dog that was laying on the street). We had to knock on what appeared to be a deserted building. A man peered out from behind a sheet of wood, and told us we could take the dog for help. So off we went to work. Dr. Johen, the newest member of the SAGA team, all the way from Holland, looked at Alex today while I did surgery. I am looking forward to an update tomorrow. We quickly got to work this morning, finishing off the surgeries that we did not get to complete yesterday. My mom...

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Blogging in Belize: Day 3 - "SNIP" Day Fun!!

Jan 17, 2017


Today was our very first day working at the Saga Humane Society. We all awoke this morning excited and a bit nervous on what to expect from our first day. Dr. Heather was assigned a large list of spay and neuter surgeries to complete, with a very minimal list of supplies. Amazing how we take for granted the luxuries we have been blessed with. We quickly found a rhythm that worked for the three of us, and had a blast meeting all the...

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Blogging in Belize: First look at SAGA and visiting schools

Jan 16, 2017

Today our day started at SAGA Humane Society, which was our first look at the facilties here. In total, they have 82 animals in residence currently... 82!!! Seeing all of the animals they are taking amazing care of there is truly inspiring. We walked in with Meestor (who will hopefully be my future child), and they gladly welcomed him with open arms. Dr. Heather will be neutering him and some other sweet animals tomorrow! After visiting SAGA we continued to our first school presentation at ACES school. Our presentation was focused on how to properly treat and care for your animals,...

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Blogging in Belize! Day 1: Meet Meestor :)

Jan 16, 2017

Our day began with snorkeling in the Coral Garden, followed by a trip to the island of Caye Caukler. We were very proud of Rebecca, who was terrified to swim in the sea....but jumped in and snorkeled like a pro! What a beautiful experience. We walked around the island and stumbled upon the Caye Caulker Animal Shelter. It was our first close up encounter with the "potlickers" of Belize. They were all very gentle, and almost appreciative of being noticed. Our day ended with a lovely dinner with part of the SAGA team, at the Palapa Bar. During our dinner, an abandoned dog found...

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.....

Jan 14, 2017

What a day!!! We arrived in San Pedro via a tiny little plane....which I am NOT a fan of! Crystal has the marks on her hand to prove it! From there we taxied to a dock, where our retreat host picked us up by speed boat!!! We cruised along the caribbean for a few short minutes to our destination. What a beauty. It feels unreal to be here. I now know what "island time" is. Everything here is so relaxed and fun. The locals are very friendly and helpful and happy. How could you not be happy in this place!!!?? The preferred mode of transportation here seems to be golf carts, which...

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