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Heat Advisory for your Pets

This Maryland summer heat is no joke! Between the longer days, increasing humidity, and rise in temperature, we need to take caution when going outside. And this goes double for our pets. They are also affected by sunburns, heat stroke, and foot burns. Heat stroke is especially dangerous for dogs and cats, and it starts with heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid panting, and reddened face and ears. If you see your pet showing these signs, take them to a shaded area or inside immediately. Give them some cool water and put them near a…

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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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Summer is almost here, and with it comes fun in the sun, camping and hiking, and trips to the lake side. But along with this season of fun and relaxation comes the usual summertime pests. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are all visual reminders of the itchy woes we and our pets have to deal with, but there are also the unseen pests. Waterborne parasites and bacterial infections, to mention just two, are also typical summertime plagues. While we don’t want to get your head spinning from worrying too much about all the things there are to worry about, we do…

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Upcoming Pet Adoptions

Nothing makes us, or your furry friends, happier when you chose to adopt them. The moment when they have that family love and forever home is one that they never forget. We are excited to share with you some upcoming local adoption events in Potomac, MD and the surrounding areas. June 23rd – Bark in the Park in Poolesville, MD Inflatables, food vendors, farmers market – 6:00 – 9:00pm, Dog Contest – 7:00pm, The Woo Yeahs in concert – 8:00pm. PetConnect Rescue will also have a table there and a couple of their adoptable dogs. July 1st – Kentlands BARK!…

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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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Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort

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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