Jim Kenyon

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Ask A Vet Columnist Jim Kenyon has practised as a veterinary surgeon for 37 years. 

Ever wondered what your pet is thinking? Does it have a particular request for dinner, or stories to tell? Well, here's your chance to gain some insight. more

Mar. 06, 2014 midnight Yukoners Pets

It all started with a group of friends at a bar; in the North, it often starts that way. The Iditarod was considered the longest and toughest race in the world. And it probably was at the time more

Jan. 31, 2013 midnight Yukon Winter

No Thanks I'm Alergic

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The current trend is towards "natural," "organic" and other such words. But what does this really mean and what is the best food for your pets; or yourself, for that matter? Remember, the best advertisement isn't necessarily the best food. more

Nov. 29, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

A friend gave me a newspaper from Finland a couple weeks ago, and there was a two-page spread on The Yukon Quest. No idea what it said, but it does show how well the race is known around the world. And with the first signs of snow, perhaps it's time more

Nov. 01, 2012 midnight Yukon Winter

There's a lot of serious stuff in my profession, as with many others, but sometimes things just happen that get pretty funny. more

Sep. 27, 2012 midnight Yukon Education

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that are common to both humans and animals. There are a lot of these, but it's always surprising to find that people don't understand which is which. more

Aug. 30, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

The way vaccines work is that they expose the animal (or human) to a form of a disease before the actual disease occurs. This can be done in a variety of ways and using a wide variety of techniques. more

Jul. 26, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

This seems to be knee month. There have been lots of questions about dogs and their knee problems. This is a common problem in dogs, particularly the larger and more athletic breeds. more

Jun. 28, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

The last few weeks I've been getting a lot of calls and emails about older dogs. When we have pets that have a significantly shorter lifespan than us, this is a pretty common problem to face. more

May 31, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

One of the more common problems that veterinarians deal with involves the thyroid gland. The thyroid is in the neck and has to do with controlling metabolism. The problem is found in dogs and cats. It is probably a more common problem in dogs, more

Apr. 26, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

Cats are different. Most people know this. You're either a cat person or a dog person. As the old saying goes, dogs are companions, cats have staff. While this is true, they are also very different in many other ways. more

Mar. 29, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

We've talked about poisoning in pets several times, but since there has been a lot of interest in the subject, I decided to throw out some basic facts. First, poinsettias are not poisonous. This is a myth that actually dates back to 1919 when a 2-ye more

Feb. 22, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

One of the most common emergency calls that vets get is for seizures in dogs. Other animals can have seizures, but most of the calls involve dogs. Most people know roughly what epilepsy is, but much of the disease remains a mystery to most. more

Jan. 26, 2012 midnight Yukoners Pets

It seems to be that time of year again, when people want to give presents to friends. It's also that time of year to really think about what they're giving and what the gift really entails. A tie or a pair of earrings can be used or put in a drawer. more

Dec. 22, 2011 midnight Yukon Archives


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I've had a few people ask about breeds of dogs. All breeds are man-made to one degree or another. The biggest thing in looking for a purebred dog is to ask yourself why the breed was developed. Some breeds were developed for a particular trait and yo more

Nov. 24, 2011 midnight Yukoners Pets

Afew people have asked about horses, and with the white fluffy stuff sticking to the ground in the last week or so, maybe this is a good time to take a look at these guys. I've worked with horses for almost 40 years, but always from the ground. Last more

Oct. 27, 2011 midnight Farm - Garden

This is the first column in a monthly series in which Jim Kenyon will answer readers' questions about animals and animal care. more

Oct. 06, 2011 midnight Yukoners Pets