Fleas are probably the most common ectoparasite (external parasite) of dogs and cats worldwide. In addition to just being a nuisance, fleas are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in dogs and cats, which is estimated to account for over 50 percent of all the dermatological cases reported to veterinarians.
Fleas can carry and trasmit several potential serious illnesses to humans, including typhus and plague, and can transmit "cat scratch disease" (infection with Bartonella)...
Toxoplasma gondii is a tiny parasite that infects people as well as birds and other animals. Domestic Cats, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, and other wild cats shed Toxoplasma in their feces. Cats may shed the parasite for 7 - 21 days the first time they become infected with Toxoplasma. If they are allowed outside, pets can also become infected when they catch and eat wild animals.
Humans can get Toxoplasma several ways, including not washing hands after cleaning the cat litter box.
A BEHAVIORAL ISSUE MAY BE LINKED TO A MEDICAL CONDITION! Poor behavior can be a result of prior emotional trauma, the lack of socialization or proper handling, or other reasons. It can also stem from a physical condition such as a tumor, neurological, sight or hearing problem. If you feel that your pet has a behavioral issue of any kind, regardless of severity, it is important that the cause be immediately and correctly diagnosed by a professional (veterinarian and/or animal behaviorist) so that it may be properly addressed. Most "issues" can be resolved with the proper diagnosis and treatment or rehabilitation.
Heartworms are known to occur throughout the U.S., and though they have been 100 percent preventable for decades, they are still common in dogs and cats. Transmitted by mosquitoes, they are among the most damaging canine and feline parasites. Heartworms are transmitted by feeding mosquitoes and, once mature, take residence in the heart and large vessels of the lungs.
Heartworms can be a very serious problem for both dogs and cats, especially those in mosquito-infested areas...
Regular health exams are important to maintain your pet's good health, and so are regular dental exams. Just as humans, pets can have tooth aches as a result of infections, abscess, a loose or broken tooth, or for other reasons. Routine dental exams, brushing your pet's teeth, and when needed, teeth cleaning by your veterinarian, can help prevent harmful tartar build-up and periodontal disease. Keep in mind that as your pet ages, other dental problems can arise such as root loss which may require more extensive treatment.
Geriatric work-ups are important for pets over the age of 7 years and can mean the difference of good health for your pet for many more years ... or not.
The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet.
“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency...
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Public health officials are urging the public to take extra precautions with their pets and surroundings due to incidents of illness and death of people who contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is a tick-borne disease.
Whether or not you are in an area which is considered "heavy" infestation, there is a possibility that your pet can contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease from one single tick.
A tick control product for your pet is strongly recommended to be used on a consistent basis.
Millions of pets are needlessly surrendered to shelters and ultimately euthanized because of "behavioral" issues which could have easily and permanently been resolved. There are resources available for pet owners which offer assistance. Often your local community center offers training classes at affordable prices or even at no charge. HEART offers socialization and training assistance in group and private sessions. Even spending a few minutes with our trainers can greatly assist you in understanding how and why your pet acts and/or reacts in certain ways. Correction of "problems" can often be achieved in a matter of minutes.
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Zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases, are those diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans. For example, some worms can be transmitted in the environment.
Vector-borne diseases are those transmitted by fleas or ticks among other parasites that infest dogs and cats. They can affect pets and people. Ticks can transmit a large number of "vector-borne" diseases in North America including...
Regardless of how long or how often you use a product, it is always good practice to check for product recalls, as ingredients and the manner in which products are produced and handled often change. Check with your local veterinarian, local pet store, and conduct an internet search. Most importantly, contact the manufacturer for updates.
Keeping your pet clean and well-groomed, including keeping it's nails trimmed, serve as a good foundation to a healthy and happy pet. Long nails can cause a pet to walk unevenly and can cause soreness in the toes and paws. Even hair mats can ultimately cause pain to a pet, as the entanglement can eventually involve the skin which causes the skin to pull and even tear with the pet's movement.