Posts Tagged ‘canine’

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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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree Millions of families will have Christmas trees in their homes. Glittering towers of beauty that can pose a threat to your pets. Before you put the tree up, take a few moments to go over some safety precautions. 1. Choose the Right Spot! Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but also where it is not in the way of activity where it can be easily knocked over. An area by the wall or in a corner is ideal and out of the traffic flow…

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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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Preanesthetic Blood Testing Before Surgery

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Preanesthetic Testing – Blood work before surgery can save your pet’s life Regular checkups and blood work for your pet is important. Whether your dog or cat is old or young, healthy or sick, fat or skinny, small or tall, regular checkups and blood work allow your veterinarian to do a thorough job to keep your pet healthy. When your veterinarian is able to establish a baseline laboratory values for your pet, what’s normal in your pet when he or she is healthy, it’s easier for your veterinarian to give your pet needed care. With a thorough medical history, your…

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Holiday Hazards To Pets

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Holiday Hazards To Pets Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid…

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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets

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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets Here is a list of 10 common household plants that are toxic to your pets. Please stay informed so you are able to protect your pets from potential dangers! If your are concerned that your pet has ingested and type of poison substance please contact your Vet immediately! Asparagus Fern Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin—a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat…

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Microchipping Your Pet

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Microchipping Your Pet And Why It Is So Important! Why Microchip? It is highly recommended that your has identification on if you don’t plan to let him or her go outside. Even indoor pets can get out by accident. Many lost pets are never returned to their owners because they have no identification. Collars and tags are popular and effective methods of identification, but they can come off. Microchips, which are implanted just under the pet’s skin, are one way to permanently identify pets. What Is a Microchip? A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is about the size…

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Antifreeze Toxicosis & Your Pets

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What Is Antifreeze Poisoning? Most antifreeze solutions contain high levels of ethylene glycol, an ingredient that, once metabolized, is extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Pets are often attracted to the liquid because of its sweet taste. Even small amounts can be lethal to animals. A cat that walks through spilled antifreeze and then licks its paws may ingest enough to be fatal. As little as 2.5 tablespoons of antifreeze could kill a 20-pound dog. Once ingested, ethylene glycol is quickly broken down in the liver to other substances that can lead to kidney failure and death within 12 hours…

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Winter Hazards To Your Cats

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Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions. What You Need to Know Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods…

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

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  Winter can be hazardous for dogs, and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. What You Need to Know As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it is important to also prepare your dog for the winter. Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, there are dangers in colder conditions. Your dog’s health, food, and environment all need to be taken into consideration when “Old Man Winter” approaches. Indoor Winter Hazards…

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