Archive for the ‘Pet Health’ Category

Do I Really Need to Vaccinate My Pet?

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Whether you are a new or seasoned pet owner, you may wonder how often you really need to vaccinate your pet. Many states have laws requiring certain vaccinations (like rabies) on a particular schedule but, beyond that, what is really necessary? Vaccines are the most effective way to protect your pet from infectious disease. When your pet receives a vaccine, the body recognizes the antigen (foreign substance), and responds to it by creating antibodies. These antibodies help your pet’s immune system fight off future exposure to viruses and bacteria more efficiently. Pet vaccines are classified into two groups: core and…

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Grain-Free Diet Statement

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Grain-Free Diet Statement In July, the FDA announced a possible correlation between grain-free diets in dogs and a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).  Given the current popularity of such diets, this article was met with alarm from many pet owners who are currently feeding such diets. Certain dog breeds, such as the Doberman, Boxer and Great Dane, have a familial predisposition for this heart disease.  However, cardiologists were beginning to see an increase in incidence in atypical breeds, many of whom were being fed grain-free, exotic protein diets containing such alternate ingredients as peas, chickpeas and other legumes. At…

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Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?

Public opinion over insurance is always in a state of flux, isn’t it? On one hand, some people find it ridiculous to pay thousands of dollars on a premium that could help cover an accident that may never even happen. On the other hand, other people realize that accidents can and do happen, and they would rather have all of their bases covered than not be able to afford help when they need it. While a majority of our society seems to be on the same page with insurance for our homes, our cars, and ourselves, almost nobody can agree…

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5 Major Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

  Arthritis is a very painful and frustrating disease for your pet. Unfortunately, it is also fairly common in dogs. While older dogs are the most likely to get arthritis, it is possible to develop in dogs of any age. Due to their own natural instincts, however, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain, making this discovery tricky for their owners. That being said, there are a few symptoms to watch out for. If your dog starts displaying any of these 5 symptoms, it would be a good time to take him in for tests.   Limping or…

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5 Signs Your Pet May Be In Pain

No one wants to find out that their pet is injured or ill. But when they are, owners want to know as soon as possible. Because of natural instincts to protect themselves, many pets will not show obvious symptoms of injury or sickness. Luckily, if you know your animal and his habits, you should be able to spot one of these 5 warning signs your pet may be in pain and get him the treatment he needs. Aggressive or Sensitive to Touch If your dog or cat is a normally sweet animal (or at least not particularly aggressive) and all…

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Why Your Pet Needs Routine Dental Care

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Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Just like humans, pets require regular dental checkups, preventative care, and routine teeth cleaning. With neglect, pets can suffer from plaque buildup, gum disease, cavities, and even loss of teeth. The veterinarians at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital believe preventing disease is just as important as keeping a healthy diet and exercise regime for your pets. How to Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning Your pet’s mouth is home to a swarm of bacteria, and when left unchecked, they can multiply and grow into dangerous diseases. These impact…

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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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A common nuisance of summer, mosquitoes have the potential to spread disease as well as causing itching. West Nile Virus, common in humans, is the most well-known mosquito-borne disease, and it rarely affects dogs. One disease that is seen in canines and transmitted by mosquitoes is heartworm. Heartworm is a severe, potentially fatal, disease that is caused by parasitic roundworms. Those worms infect the heart and the arteries of the lungs of multiple mammal species, including dogs. Though heartworms can infect more than 30 species of mammals, including cats, foxes, and ferrets, canines are considered their ultimate hosts. When a…

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The FVRCP Vaccination

The feline distemper vaccine, or FVRCP vaccine, is an important preventative step to keeping your cat healthy. The vaccination prevents three airborne viruses that can be deadly: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Let’s take a look at each of these diseases, and how the FVRCP can protect your cat. Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1, or FVP) is a common cause of respiratory disease. Infection can be chronic, even life-long, and can lead to recurrences that can cause respiratory and eye disease. It spreads through airborne respiratory secretions, such as mucus and saliva, or direct contact with an…

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Lyme Disease Vaccination for Dogs

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Lyme disease: Is your dog at risk? Lyme disease is contracted through the bite of an infected tick and affects humans and dogs alike during warm-weather months. If your dog has potentially been exposed to Lyme disease, there is a vaccine that can help prevent complications. Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria transmitted from one animal to another through the bite of deer ticks, Lyme disease is most prevalent in the northeastern, northern mid-Atlantic, upper Midwest, and northern coast of California regions of the United States. Deer ticks typically pick up the bacteria from infected wildlife, such as deer and…

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Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a common disease among cats, affecting between 2 and 3 percent of the cat population in the United States. It impairs a cat’s immune system and can lead to serious complications, including lymphoma and leukemia. Kittens are more susceptible to FeLV infection, but adult cats can contract the virus. FeLV is contracted through cat-to-cat transmissions, including bites, grooming, and sharing dishes or litter pans. An infected mother cat also can transmit the infection to her kittens at birth or through her milk. Outdoor cats are more likely to contract FeLV than indoor cats. FeLV strains…

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