Since a single female flea can produce up to 2,000 eggs in her three-week lifespan, a dog can become quickly infested. Tick bites are even more dangerous. A single tick bite can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and other diseases. Signs and symptoms of tick-borne
A dog's ear canal has a vertical and a horizontal component. This predisposes dogs to ear infections because debris must work its way upward rather than straight out. Allergies are the most common cause as the irritation promotes the accumulation of ear wax, skin oil, and other debris; which
In a society of searching for the best bargain, the internet has made it possible for pet owners to find non-regulated sources of important vaccines and preventatives for cheaper prices. The problem with that is there is no way to know how the product was handled until it reached you for administration. Vaccines
Treats and additional food items should not exceed 10% of the daily caloric intake for your dog. he majority (90% or greater) of the calories should come from a “complete and balanced food” (i.e. a dog’s maintenance or therapeutic commercial diet OR a home-cooked diet that is formulated by
Our pets suffer from the same airborne allergies as we do. Environmental allergies are the second-most common cause of allergic reactions in pets, after flea allergy dermatitis. Common Triggers: Grasses, pollens, trees, and ragweed. Early signs are usually seasonal but may be seen all year.
Chronic kidney disease is common in older pets and affects approximately 3 in 10 geriatric cats, along with approximately 1 in 10 senior dogs. Normally, healthy and happy kidneys do a miraculous job of: Eliminating protein wastes. Balancing body water, salts, and acids. Producing high-quality urine.
Stress Colitis is a common issue among pets and a frequent reason for treatment with our patients. Just as it is in humans, colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine that results in bacterial overgrowth (an imbalance of good and bad bacteria).
Pancreatitis is a common diagnosis among our patients and is a painful, damaging disease. The pancreas assists in the digestive process by producing various enzymes that begin breaking food down. The most common cause in pets is the ingestion of food that contains higher than normal levels of fat or acids.