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5 Major Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

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  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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4 Tips for Teaching Puppies Not to Nip

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Puppies are a fun addition to your family, and their cute nature and endless playful antics make them a sought-after companion. Puppies spend most of their time exploring their surroundings and chewing objects with their needle-sharp baby teeth, which unfortunately means they will end up biting your hands or feet from time to time. This may seem like a cute way of playing, but this kind of behavior won’t be so cute when they get older! Here are 4 helpful tips to help teach your puppy what is acceptable biting behavior: Let Him Know It Hurts Although it seems counter-intuitive,…

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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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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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Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection most commonly found in dogs. The bacteria that causes the infection is found in soil and water, though it is most prevalent in areas with warm climates and high average rainfall. Though humans can contract leptospirosis, dog-to-human transmission is rare. The Leptospira interrogans bacteria usually is spread to dogs when their mucous membranes or open wounds come into contact with infected urine or urine-contaminated water, soil, or other items. The bacteria can be transmitted through bite wounds, reproductive secretions, or consumption of infected tissues or carcasses. The most common carriers of Leptospira interrogans are raccoons,…

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Canine Cough in Dogs

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If you’ve noticed your pooch has a hacking cough with or without a runny nose, he or she may suffer from the Bordetella bronchiseptica virus, also known as the canine cough. It is an easily contracted, common bacteria that can occur in a range of animals, including cats, rabbits, and, rarely, humans. Many cases are mild and require no treatment, while others just need a round of antibiotics. Bordetella is transmitted through the air or direct contact with infected animals. It also can be contracted through contact with infected surfaces, such as kennels and food or water dishes. Due to…

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Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

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Many of us are already aware that mosquitoes have the potential to spread diseases in humans. West Nile Virus has received significant attention, and mosquitoes may also carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Fortunately, none of these conditions affect dogs very often. Still, dogs are not completely immune to mosquito-borne disease. Heartworm, a very serious condition, is of foremost concern. What is Heartworm? Heartworm disease is as scary as it sounds. It is a severe and potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms that like to live in the heart and the arteries of the lungs of many types of mammals. Heartworms…

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Canine Distemper

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What is Distemper? Canine distemper is a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye. Distemper Symptoms The first signs of canine distemper include sneezing, coughing and thick mucus coming from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting and diarrhea, depression and/or loss of appetite are also symptoms of the virus. Puppies and adolescent dogs who have not been fully vaccinated are most vulnerable to the distemper virus. Rescues with unknown vaccination histories can also be vulnerable to this disease. Serious infections are most often seen…

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Venomous Snakes in Maryland

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This is Samantha who was bitten by a snake this morning. Her family got her to us and treatment was started within an hour of the incident, she seems to be responding well to the treatment. Here is more information about venomous snakes in our area and good recommendations – The copperhead and timber rattlesnake are venomous snakes that can be found in Maryland. During the day, the snakes are most likely to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun. Their natural camouflage can make them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or…

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Fleas, Pesky Little Creatures

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Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home, Step by Step Is your dog or cat is scratching a lot lately? Have you seen something small and black jump from the sofa onto your arm? Don’t freak out, take charge of the situation. Call the Veterinarian Is your pet on a flea control program? If they are, read the instructions again. It’s easy to miss a step. Ask your veterinarian what they recommend. You want a product that treats fleas at every stage — from egg to adult bug — and one that works well in your climate. Most flea treatments…

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