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Canines and Tick-Borne Disease

It is not uncommon for a dog to be infected with a dangerous tick-transmitted disease. These parasites attach themselves to canines before feeding on blood, which ultimately transmits diseases directly into a dog’s system. Of the major tick-borne diseases that get transmitted, they include: Canine Ehrlichiosis. Caused by the brown dog tick, this is one of the most common and dangerous tick-b[...]

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Vaccine Reactions in Pets

After receiving a vaccine, it is normal for pets to experience certain side effects which usually start within hours after the vaccination. It’s important to note that if the below side effects last for more than a day or two, or if your pet is in visible discomfort, then you need to contact your veterinarian immediately. These side effects include: • Mild fever • Decreased appetite [...]

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Cherry Eye in Pets

A prolapsed gland of the eyelid (or, “cherry eye”) refers to a pink mass that protrudes from an animal’s eyelid. Usually, the gland development is anchored by an attachment that is made up of fibrous material. This condition occurs in both cats and dogs—however it mostly affects younger pets. How Can I Identify Cherry Eye in Pets? The most common sign of cherry eye is an oval mass t[...]

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Ear Infections in Pets

Otitis interna refers to an inflammation of a pet’s inner ear, while otitis media refers to an inflammation of a pet’s middle ear—both of these conditions are caused by bacterial infection. For dogs, long-eared breeds with excessive hair and non-erect outer ears are believed to be more susceptible to canine ear infections. These breeds include Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers and Spr[...]

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Demodectic Mange in Dogs

Caused by the Demodex mite, mange is an inflammatory disease that affects dogs. These mites inhabit the skin and hair follicles of a dog, and when they increase in number, this can lead to skin infections, skin lesions and hair loss. The severity of these symptoms depends on the type of mite that inhabits the dog. What Are the Symptoms of Demodectic Mange in Dogs? Demodectic mange in dogs c[...]

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Administering Subcutaneous Fluids for Pets at Home

There are several scenarios where a pet may need at-home fluids administered under their skin. Pets that have chronic kidney disease form the most common of these cases, as these patients need extra fluids on top of what they are already drinking to help wash down dangerous renal toxins through their systems. Sick pets also do not drink enough water, so fluid administration will usually be require[...]

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Patellar Luxation in Dogs

A patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap gets dislocated from its normal anatomic position from the groove of its femur, or thigh bone. This condition is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities in dogs, and when this dislocation occurs, the only way it can be reset back to its usual position is when the hind legs of the canine relax and lengthen. Because of this, most dogs who had[...]

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Intervertebral Disc Disease in Pets

The intervertebral discs in pets can succumb to several forces and conditions that will cause them to rupture or swell over time. When this rupture occurs, this leads to two kinds of damage to the spinal cord: concussion and compression. The extent of the damage and loss of nerve cells is determined by the type of force, degree of force applied to the spinal cord and how long the force was applied[...]

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What is Transdermal Medicine?

Transdermal medicine consists of drugs that are administered through patches applied to a shaved area of the skin. They work by the medicine reaching the bloodstream “transdermally,” meaning, “across the skin.” This option is popular for people who want to relieve pain, quit smoking or to replace the hormones of their youth. It has also have been popular for administering drugs to pets as[...]

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What Is Ear (Aural) Hematomas in Pets?

An ear/aural hematoma is a pool of blood that collects between the cartilage and skin of the ear flap of a pet. This is usually caused by overly aggressive head shaking or ear scratching that results from an ear infection. Both cats and dogs can be afflicted with ear hematomas, however canines, especially those who get skin allergies and ear infections, are more prone to ear hematomas. Any bre[...]

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