Common and Effective Tick Preventives for Your Pet

Ticks! Fleas! Oh my! With pet ownership comes the presence of these little pests. They are a reality, but you can prevent them affecting your pet! Without appropriate prevention, tick (and fleas) can become a real nuisance and cause some real problems for your pet’s health. Ticks pester your pet by ‘hitching a ride’ on

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How Pets Contract Lyme Disease

Just as you probably thought, pets can contract Lyme disease the same way humans do; from the bite of a tick infected with the Lyme bacteria. Each region carries different tick species and different climates affect the overall risk. Ticks are like little vampires – they ‘vant to suck your blood’! They literally live by

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What are the most common tick-borne diseases in pets?

Let’s face it, ticks are nasty little pests that are on a mission to hurt our pets. Spring and summer are the busiest times for tick activity (although ticks are a risk year-round) and they will not hold back on trying to find a host on which to feed. Not only are ticks a nuisance

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How dogs are affected by tick-borne diseases in your region

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) provides great data each year on how tick-borne diseases impact dogs in each region of the United States. The data is broken out by the most common tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. Each of these diseases is passed along by different tick species, and one may

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How do I know if my pet has a tick-borne disease?

As pet owners we have a responsibility to know when our pet is feeling healthy, and when they aren’t. Since pets can’t talk to us, they signal with their body language and it can be quite obvious when something is wrong. Tick-borne diseases have their own set of symptoms to look for and a blood

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10 Signs of Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza, or Dog Flu, is a contagious disease affecting a dog’s respiratory system. The disease is caused by specific influenza viruses known to infect dogs. There are two main, widespread strains of canine influenza viruses; H3N8 and H3N2. Canine influenza viruses (CIV) have never been proven to be transmissible to humans, but it’s always

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It’s Pet Anxiety Awareness Week!

June 25-July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness week, just in time for a very busy summer weekend. Just like humans, pets also experience fear, anxiety and stress (FAS). With Fourth of July festivities just around the corner, it’s important to remember that your pet may be extra sensitive to the sounds of fireworks and other

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How Does Heartworm Affect Your Dog or Your Cat?

Heartworm affects dogs and cats differently. Read more to understand how heartworm is contracted and signs of heartworm. Heartworm in Dogs: When a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the microfilariae is deposited in a tiny drop of mosquito saliva adjacent to the mosquito bite. Once in the bloodstream of the new host, the

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