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The FVRCP Vaccination

The FVRCP vaccination, or the “feline distemper vaccine” is an important part of your cat’s routine. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. In fact, these diseases are the acronym for the vaccine: FVR    Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1) C    Calicivirus P    Panleukopenia Let’s explore each of these diseases.   Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus This virus is an extremely common cause of respiratory disease and often results in chronic, often life-long, infection with intermittent recurrences causing respiratory and sometimes eye disease. It is spread easily through airborne respiratory secretions and direct contact with a carrier cat…

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Lyme Disease Vaccination for Dogs

We have all heard of Lyme disease, but many of us don’t realize this disease can also affect our dogs. The Lyme disease vaccine is another situational immunization. Some dogs benefit from it and others don’t. The determination is based on a dog’s exposure to the type of tick that carries Lyme disease in endemic parts of the country. The first question you need to ask yourself is does my dog live in an area where these disease-carrying ticks are prevalent.  The regions of greatest concern are the northeastern U.S., northern mid-Atlantic region, upper Midwest, and the northern California coast….

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Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a disease that impairs the cat’s immune system and causes certain types of cancer. Males are more likely to contract the infection than females, and it is usually seen between the ages of one to six years old. Symptoms of the Feline Leukemia Feline leukemia is usually contracted from cat-to-cat transmissions, such as bites, close contact, grooming, and sharing dishes or litter pans. It can also be transmitted to a kitten at birth or through the mother’s milk. Kittens are much more susceptible to the virus, as are males and cats that have outdoor access. There…

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Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs

Leptospirosis is a potentially serious disease caused by the bacterium Leptospira interrogans. It affects dogs but can also infect a wide variety of domestic and wild animals as well as humans. The organism is usually spread through infected urine, contaminated water or soil, reproductive secretions, and even consumption of infected tissues. Introduction of the organism through skin wounds can also occur. Common carriers of the organism include raccoons, opossums, rodents, skunks, and dogs. Characteristics of Leptospirosis The leptospirosis organism rapidly advance through the bloodstream leading to fever, joint pain, and general malaise. Because the organism settles in the kidneys and…

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Canine Influenza

Canine influenza (also known as the dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs.The virus that causes dog flu, Influenza Type A (H3N8), was first identified in Florida in 2004. It primarily infects the respiratory system and is extremely contagious. A vaccine was granted full license by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2009 (Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8). Some dogs can be exposed to the virus and fight off infection without showing clinical signs. Symptoms of the Dog Flu The dog flu can range on how your…

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Canine Cough in Dogs

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Canine cough is an easily contracted bacteria that causes a hacking cough or, occasionally, a snotty nose. Any pet can get the disease, and except in severe cases, a round of antibiotics is usually all that’s needed to treat it. In fact, many cases are mild and self-limiting enough that they require no treatment whatsoever. About the Bordetella Virus Bordetella bronchiseptica, most commonly known as kennel cough or canine cough, is a bacterium that is commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs. It can also infect cats, rabbits, and, in rare cases, humans. Bordetella is highly contagious, easily transmitted through…

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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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Lilly’s Rehabilitation

Our friend, Dr. Karen R. Pearson, DVM at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital and Luxury Pet Resort has a beautiful pup named Lilly. Lilly was a graduation present from her parents, aunt, and uncle from veterinary school. Lilly is now almost 13, and starting to show signs of old age. Dr. Pearson says Lilly has taught her a lot about being a veterinarian and even more about being a pet owner. Dr. Pearson has been diligent about doing annual blood tests, exams, and recommended vaccinations, but Lilly is starting to get very weak in her legs. She can’t get up the stairs as easily and first thing in the…

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Let’s Talk About Rabies

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease. However, despite the availability of tools to manage the disease, rabies prevails to cause tens of thousands of deaths every year. The disease disproportionately affects poor, low-resource communities, particularly children with 4 out of every 10 human deaths by rabies occurring in children younger than 15 years. What…

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Our sister facility Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort Maryland’s Premier Dog & Cat Luxury Boarding Facility. Located in Urbana, MD convenient to Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We are committed to providing your pets with the best pet health care through all stages of their lives. Our luxurious amenities provide everything your pet needs and more! Our 30 acre facility provides: Veterinary Hospital, Pet Rehabilitation & Therapy Program, Luxury Dog Boarding, Luxury Cat Boarding, Pocket Pet Boarding, Grooming, Dog Training, Free Off Leash Dog Park, Dog Day Camp, Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash and more Please call us or stop in today to see for yourself that we truly are your ONE stop for all your pet’s needs.

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