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Pet Diseases

Leptospirosis Increasing Due to Rise in Flooding

Leptospirosis Increasing Due to Rise in Flooding

The risk of leptospirosis is increasing due to flooding and higher than normal spring rains. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can cause serious illness in dogs, other animals and people. Caused by bacteria found in water and wet soil, it causes flu-like symptoms which can progress into a severe illness that can be life threatening. Dogs can become infected…

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Health Problems in Older Dogs

Health Problems in Older Dogs

Every stage of life has its rewards and challenges for pet owners dogs as well as their pets. Like their owners, pets face health problems as they advance in age. Some of these challenges include arthritis, hearing or vision loss, cognitive decline, cancer, dental disease, heart disease, kidney disease and hypothyroidism. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease which can be…

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Black Bear With Rabies Found in North Carolina

Black Bear With Rabies Found in North Carolina

A black bear recently found in Fairfield, NC on December 17, 2018 tested positive for rabies. A necropsy performed at the University of Georgia’s Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study confirmed the cause of death. Since 1999, only four black bears have tested positive for rabies in the continental United States. This is the first known case of a black bear…

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Why Good Dental Health is Important for your Pet

Why Good Dental Health is Important for your Pet

Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall health. Poor dental hygiene results in periodontal disease which can in turn negatively impact your pet’s other health systems. Periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for pets. Most pets show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease not only affects your pet’s mouth, it…

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Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis in Dogs

What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found world wide in soil and water. Leptospirosis is zoonotic. This means it can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans. It is an infection of bacterial spirochetes. These…

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Numbers of Disease-Carrying Ticks are Increasing Throughout United States

Numbers of Disease-Carrying Ticks are Increasing Throughout United States

Reports of disease-carrying ticks are occurring in places across the United States where they have not previously been seen. In fact, 83 counties across 24 states have reported finding disease-carrying ticks. Nate Nieto, an associate professor of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, warns people should be aware of the increasing number of ticks and tick-borne disease. “They’re not obeying…

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Are Grain Free Diets Safe For Your Dog?

Are Grain Free Diets Safe For Your Dog?

Most grain free dog foods are promoted as more nutritious. Manufacturers advertise they are more tasty and packed with exotic proteins. This appeals to many pet owners who are health conscious and want to provide a more healthy diet for their pet. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced they are investigating a link between grain free dog food…

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