Posts Tagged ‘allergies’

How Pets Are Good For Your Health

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  How Pets Are Good For Your Health Dogs may be good at more than fetching sticks and greeting you after a long day at work. As it turns out, simply having them around may lessen your family’s chances of getting the common cold. Owning a dog may improve the health of children in that household, according to new research from the University of California, San Francisco. In a study of mice, researchers found that the house dust from homes with dogs worked to protect against a common cold strain. So what’s the big deal about RSV? It’s a virus…

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Hot Spots In Dogs

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Hot spots, technically called acute moist dermatitis or canine pyoderma, usually appear as localized, moist reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Something irritates your dog’s skin and the irritation becomes itchy, so your dog does the logical thing scratch, lick, or both. Eventually causing a red, ugly oozing sore. Risk What causes your dog to be itchy in the first place? Itchy skin can be caused by a variety of things, such as allergies to food or the surrounding environment and fleas. Factors such as mange, anal gland disease, poor grooming, tick or mosquito bites,…

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The Real Value Of Your Pet’s Annual Exam

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The Real Value of Your Pet’s Annual Exam By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth If you are like many people, you equate your pet’s annual examination with his vaccinations. Indeed, in many cases one visit can serve both functions. Certainly regular vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests are an important part of maintaining a healthy pet. However, the real value is found in the examination and health history performed by your veterinarian. One way to maximize the value of this visit is to come prepared with a list of questions or observations about your pet. If you have a problem or concern, I…

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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet

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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet  If you frequently hike or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors with your pet, please take care to prevent painful encounters with snakes. Bites occur most often in between March and October when snakes are most active. A snake bite is always considered an emergency! A venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, and even a bite from a nonvenomous snake can be dangerous for your pets. Avoid chance encounters with snakes: Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys and tools that make great hiding places for snakes. Keep walkways…

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The Long Term Effects Of Obesity On Your Pet

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Did you know you may be literally killing your pet with kindness? Those daily treats you give your pet may give the illusion that all is well, but the reality is that the extra treats and the resulting extra weight are causing lasting damage to your pet’s internal organs, bones, and joints. According to veterinarians across the U.S., more obese pets than ever are showing up in their clinics and the trend does not appear to be slowing. Excess weight can take as much of a toll on an animal’s body as it does on a human’s body. While some…

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pet

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pets   We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger! Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. Visit the Vet A visit to the veterinarian for a spring…

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Scabies – Sarcoptic Manage

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Scabies Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, in dogs is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, a highly contagious skin parasite. The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, which can result in the formation of scabs and hair loss. It is a nonseasonal parasite that can be found in dogs of all ages and breeds. How will sarcoptic mange/scabies affect my dog? Scabies causes severe itching, so dogs that experience prolonged scratching and hair loss are suspect. Symptoms are most often seen on the ear flaps, elbows, hocks, abdomen, and chest of infested dogs. Scabies is difficult to…

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Kennel Cough

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KENNEL COUGH (INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS) WHAT IS IT? “Kennel cough” is an infectious bronchitis characterized by a harsh, hacking cough which most people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” It is analogous to a chest cold for humans and is only a serious condition in special circumstances (see below); in general, it resolves on its own. A dog with Kennel Cough generally feels active and maintains a normal appetite despite frequent fits of coughing. There is usually no fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing. NOT SURE WHAT A COUGHING DOG SOUNDS LIKE? Dogs can make an…

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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food? By Dr. Bidget Fagan

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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food Most people would be surprised to hear that canned food is actually better for your cat than dry kibble. There are three main reasons for this:   1. Canned food usually has higher quality proteins. Dry kibble is usually high in plant based protein versus canned food which is usually high in animal based protein. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they were made by nature to eat a meat based diet. They lack certain enzymes required to efficiently process plant based proteins. Proteins from animal sources contain a complete amino acid profile…

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Vaccinations – Allergic Reactions

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Vaccinations – Allergic Reactions With vaccination commonly recommended annually, most pet owners are accustomed to taking their pets to the vet for “yearly shots.” It seems such a commonplace part of routine pet care that many people do not think about what is actually occurring within their pet’s body. In fact, immunization represents stimulation of the immune system, an inherently inflammatory process. It is typical for some joint or muscle soreness to occur after vaccination, for lethargy to be observed, or for a mild fever to be present for a day or two. These reactions are not serious and generally…

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