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Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes: A Year-Round Threat

Don’t get sucked into believing that falling temperatures also mean a fall in flea, tick, and mosquito populations. While it’s true that some of these blood-suckers die off over the winter, they’re often highly active during autumn—especially ticks. Here are five ways to help battle fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, even during the fall: #1: Don’t give up on grooming As winter approaches, [...]

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The Costly Truth About Free Puppies

We’ve all seen them: adorable, wiggly puppies in a box, being given away for free in a parking lot or in front of a store. These days, you can also find free puppies and dogs all over the internet on social media and sites like Craigslist. But the truth is that while a “free puppy” may cost you nothing up front, taking care of a dog for life is an expensive commitment. There are always m[...]

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Kitten Care 101

If you’ve recently welcomed a new kitten to your home, congratulations! Raising a cat is a fun and rewarding experience that will be beneficial to both of you for many years to come. But it’s important to remember that with great power comes great responsibility—your new feline friend will be very dependent on you; therefore, we’ve created a convenient guide that will help you take care o[...]

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Puppy Care 101

Who doesn’t love an adorable, curious, playful and sweet little puppy? As some of the cutest things ever made, puppies are a source of love, joy and companionship—but it’s not all fun and games. It’s important to remember that with great power comes great responsibility—your new doggie friend will be very dependent on you; therefore, we’ve created a convenient guide that will help you[...]

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Anaplasmosis and Dogs

Anaplasmosis is a bacterial disease that comes in two forms for dogs—Anaplasma phagocytophilium, which infects white blood cells, and Anaplasma platys, which infects a dog’s platelets. While anaplasma occurs in many places in Canada and the U.S., the places with the highest concentration of canine anaplasmosis are: Northeastern statesGulf statesUpper MidwestCaliforniaSouthwestern statesMid[...]

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What is Ehrlichiosis?

Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis occurs after a dog has been infected with Ehrlichia canis bacteria, which gets transmitted to dogs from the bites of brown dog ticks. These pests are especially prevalent in warmer climates, therefore ehrlichiosis is most frequently diagnose in these places. What Are the Stages and Symptoms of Ehrlichiosis? After being bitten by a tick carrying the E. canis b[...]

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Canine Bartonellosis

Caused by the gram-negative bacteria Bartonella, Bartonellosis is an emerging infectious bacterial disease in dogs which affects cats and humans as well. For humans, this infection is also known as cat scratch disease, though this doesn’t necessarily mean that it was acquired through a cat’s bite or scratch. For dogs, the Bartonella bacterium gets transmitted through fleas, sand flies, li[...]

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Dogs and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a common tick-borne disease that not only affects dogs, but humans too. Belonging to a class of diseases known as Rickettsia, this organism (which is responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever) lives parasitically in ticks and gets transmitted by bites to vertebrate hosts. What Are the Types and Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? German shepherds an[...]

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Hepatozoonosis (Tick-Borne Disease) in Dogs

As a tick-borne disease, Hepatozoonosis results in infection with the protozoan (one-celled organism) known as Hepatozoon americanum. This disease is commonly seen in the southeastern and southern part of the country. What Are the Symptoms and Types of Hepatozoonosis? Hepatozoonosis can affect the bones, liver, muscles, spleen, small blood vessels in the heart muscle and the intestinal tra[...]

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Babesiosis (Parasite Infection) in Dogs

Babesiosis is the diseased state caused by the single-celled parasites of the genus Babesia. Infection in a dog can occur through tick transmission, blood transfer from dog bites, transplacental transmission or blood transfusions. The most common way of transmission is through a tick bite. The incubation period averages to about two weeks, however symptoms may remain mild, resulting in some c[...]

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