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Archive for 'Pet Illnesses'

Protecting Pets from Heartworm

April 09, 2015

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. What is heartworm disease you may ask? It is a serious, and potentially fatal, disease in pets across the U.S. and many other parts of the world. Heartworm disease affects dogs and cats, but heartworms also live in other mammal species and — in rare instances — humans. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the…  

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Ringworm in Cats and Dogs: It’s Not a Worm!

March 10, 2015

As pet parents, we’re all familiar with parasite control. Managing fleas and ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites is a regular part of pet stewardship, but what’s ringworm? Did you know that it’s not a worm at all, and it can be transmitted between humans, cats and dogs simply by contact or even by touching a surface that has been contaminated? What is it? Ringworm is a fungal…  

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Pet Cancer: A Tribute to Blizzard

November 05, 2014

I should probably issue a tissue warning as I’m sure this article may bring tears to many eyes. My eyes are filling up just thinking about starting to write this. I am not a medical professional, so I would never try to give advice as an expert. This is written from my own personal experiences over the years with some of the dogs I’ve had the pleasure of…  

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Why is My Dog So Itchy?

October 28, 2014

Itchy pets are always the top of any list of common ailments that veterinarians see. And there are a lot of things that can make a dog itchy! Most common is atopy, or the doggy version of hay fever. This seasonal condition causes more canine misery than any other one that I can think of. Dogs with atopy lick, chew and scratch at any part of…  

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