Is Heartworm Disease Increasing?

Sadly, national reports indicate that heartworm disease is increasing in the United States. Heartworms are found in dogs in every state. It is estimated that more than a million dogs are affected in the US alone.   The immature worms are injected into the dog by mosquitoes where they mature to occupy the dog’s heart and lungs. Untreated, heartworm disease will lead to congestive heart failure...
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What is required to fly with my pet?

Air travel with pets comes with various considerations. Options include as a carry-on (smaller pets) or checked in as cargo.  Stipulations vary as to crate size and construction, flight route and duration, and temperatures at both the point of origin and destination. Animal restrictions are common based upon animal age, breed, species, and size. Individual airlines should be consulted for...
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Why does my pet throw up so much?

Vomiting is a common complaint among pet owners.  It is especially common in cats. There are numerous causes for vomiting such as eating meals too quickly or having intestinal parasites. Pets often cannot handle a diverse menu, and dietary changes can result in vomiting.  Pets may also have allergies to certain ingredients in pet foods. These can develop over time even if the pet has been on the...
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What is the best way to house train my puppy?

One of the easiest ways to house train is to “crate train”. The crate you choose should be just large enough for your puppy to stand and lay down in comfortably. Too much room and they will eliminate in one corner and sleep in another. Many people buy a larger crate and block part of it with a cardboard box to avoid having to buy different size crates as the pup grows. Your puppy will need to go...
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Poinsettias are toxic, right?

Wrong.  For all of the little things that can cause you pet problems at Christmas (from chocolate to tinsel), you can cross poinsettia off of your danger list. Long thought of as a plant toxic to pets when ingested, the beautiful poinsettia has been undeserving of all of the hype.  The legend of its toxicity seems to have stemmed (no pun intended) from a report from the early 20th century of a...
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Is It Bad For My Dog To Eat Mulch?

Dogs love to chew, and a fresh bed of mulch is a prime target for digging and chewing. If your dog is a mulch eater, precautions should be taken as complications can result. Dogs that chew on small pieces of mulch or sticks can develop gum irritation from splinters that embed in the oral cavity.  Large pieces of mulch, or large volumes of ingested material, can also result in gastrointestinal...
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What to do when my dog gets stung?

Yip! (Dog language for ouch!) Bee Sting! Now what?  Like people, dogs can react to insect stings in a number of ways.  Dogs who have not  been stung before or are allergic will react to the initial sting by licking or possibly limping. Relief can be as simple as applying a dab of baking soda mixed with a little water to the sting site.  Benadryl given at 1mg. per pound (1 Tab for every 25 lbs.)...
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Why is my pet losing weight?

  Weight loss can occur in our pets for a variety of reasons. Diet changes can cause weight change as all pet foods contain different calorie contents. One-half cup of one dry food may contain significantly more or less calories than the same volume of another. Switching from a dry to a canned pet food can also result in weight loss as canned food contains more water and less carbohydrates than...
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My dog has another ear infection, can I use the leftover medication from the last one?

Ear infections in dogs can be caused by a variety of microbes, including many types of bacteria and/or yeast. Ear medications are all different, as some contain different antibiotics, anti-fungals, and anti-inflammatories.  If you are worried about infection, it is always best to have a veterinarian see your pet before medications are re-applied. Ear debris samples can be collected to help...
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