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Pet Diseases

Blue-green Algae Blooms Poisonous to Pets

Blue-green Algae Blooms Poisonous to Pets

Many dogs enjoy nothing more than playing in the water. Unfortunately, this seemingly harmless, fun activity has proven fatal for some dogs. The culprit is toxic blue-green algae. Extreme algae blooms have appeared in lakes in the Pacific Northwest, the entire coast of the Mississippi River and Lake Hopatcong, the largest lake in New Jersey. Blue-green algae or cyanobacteria are…

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Fighting the Spread of Rabies Worldwide

Fighting the Spread of Rabies Worldwide

Rabies vaccination programs here in the United States have been successful in preventing the natural spread of rabies in dogs. There were 125 cases of human rabies reported in the US between 1960 to 2018. Twenty-eight percent of these cases were a result of contact with an infected dog outside of the US. For those infected within the US, the…

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Confused About Your Pet’s Prevention Medication?

Confused About Your Pet’s Prevention Medication?

A reminder alerting me it is time for my dog’s preventive consistently appears on my phone screen at regularly scheduled intervals. Every time, without fail, I find myself feeling confused and uncertain. Does the preventive include heartworm or is it only for flea and tick? It turns out, I am not alone. A recent report discovered 1 in 4 dog…

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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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