Posts Tagged ‘vaccines’

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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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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Dog Profile Of The Week – Basset Hound

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Despite its low height of under 15 inches, the basset hound is a medium to large dog, weighing in at anywhere from 40 pounds for a small female to 80 pounds for a large male (18 to 36 kilograms). Bassets are very heavy-boned dogs with a large body on fairly short legs. Because they are bulky, bassets are slow maturing dogs, often not reaching full size until two years old. Bassets are immediately recognizable by their short, crooked legs, their long hanging ears and their large heads with hanging lips, sad expressive eyes, and wrinkled foreheads. The tail curves up…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Havanese

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Havanese are small dogs weighing seven to 13 pounds. The height ranges from 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches at the shoulder. The body is longer than tall; they have drop ears and a tail that curls over the back. Havanese generally mature at 1 year of age, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months. The Havanese coat is straight or wavy. This dog was often called the “Havana silk dog” because the coat, while double-coated, feels like fine silk. The adult coat reaches a length of six to eight inches. Unlike the bichon, the Havanese…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Border Collie

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Border collies are medium-sized dogs. Males stand as tall as 22 inches and weigh up to about 45 pounds (20 kilograms). Females stand as tall as 21 inches and weigh up to about 42 pounds (19 kilograms). They look like a lighter-weight Australian shepherd, but instead of the bobtail characteristic of the Aussie, border collies have a feathered tail that reaches to the hocks. The head is like that of a collie, and the body is slightly longer than the dog is tall. The ears stand but the tips drop over, giving them a jaunty appearance. Some border collies have…

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Great Pet Product Savings In The Month Of May

  COUPON ALERT – Wellness Checkup Discount Offer From Merial (March 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013) Choose your savings: – $25.00 Off Wellness Check Up When You Purchase 6 Doses Of FRONTLINE PLUS And 12 Doses Of HEARTGARD or – $15.00 Off Wellness Check Up When You Purchase 6 Doses Of FRONTLINE PLUS. *Note – Coupon will be applied at time of purchase. Frontline & Heartgard Offers:   * Buy 3 Frontline treatments and receive 1 FREE   * Buy 6 Frontline treatment and receive 2 FREE   * $12.00 Rebate from Merial When you purchase 12 pack of…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Pug

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Pugs are members of the toy group despite their solid appearance. They range in height from 10 to 11 inches and in weight from 14 to 18 pounds (six to eight kilograms). They are square dogs with substantial limbs. Pugs are the sturdiest dogs of the toy group, befitting their mastiff heritage. Pugs are known for their large, round heads, with the shortened muzzles and extensive forehead wrinkles. The vertical wrinkle on the forehead is said to resemble the Chinese character for “prince” and thus known as the “prince mark.” The eyes protrude somewhat, making them prone to trauma. The…

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Summer Home & Yard Safety For Your Pet!

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Your home is where your heart is. Home is the place where your family can come and feel safe, protected and loved. But are you sure your home is safe for your pets? What you can do to make sure your pets stay free from harm? Fix Your Fences Your dog is in the most danger when he’s not in your backyard, so make sure he stays put by checking to see if your yard is securely fenced in. Make sure he can’t jump over or squeeze through any part and that all your gates are closed. Prepare Your Pool…

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