- May 19-25 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week! Here is some great info from the American Veterinary Medical... fb.me/2qHZOStgf 3 hours ago
By Melissa McClelland
Mosquito-borne diseases are a growing concern for pet owners. Mosquito’s carry some of the deadliest diseases. Dogs and horses are susceptible to heartworms, West Nile Virus, and more. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are 150 species of mosquito living in the United States.
Heartworms are a deadly parasite that are carried by the mosquito and transmitted to the host. Heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of infected dogs. If left untreated, the heartworms will continue to grow and expand in the dog’s heart, clogging the heart. Dogs infected with heartworms must be treated immediately; while exercise and excitement must be limited. Severely infected dogs can suddenly die during exercise or excitement. Luckily, your veterinarian can recommend a monthly heartworm preventative; which are affective as long as you follow the instructions and administer the tablet on a monthly basis.
Tips for preventing mosquito bites:
Keep pets indoors during early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are prevalent.
Use mosquito repellents approved for pets; ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Remove/empty all “still water” sources that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes during the spring and summer. (i.e. bird baths, water buckets, kid pools).
Install Bat Houses around your house/yard. Bats eat 500-1000 mosquito’s per night!
By Melissa McClelland
It’s that time of year! Everyone is motivated to exercise again! Here are a few tips to keep you and your dog safe while starting up your running routine.
1. Take your dog to the vet. Tell the vet your plans to start running so they can check your dogs joints for any signs of issues. They may suggest you start giving your dog Glucosamine tablets to help support the joints.
2. Don’t run with a puppy or elderly dog. Wait until your pup is at least a year old and consult your veterinarian before starting or stopping a running plan. Larger breed dogs do not finish growing until they are a year and a half old. Running a dog that is too young or too old may result in joint damage.
3. Take it slow! Start out with a 5 minute walk, 5 minute run, 5 minute walk. Then slowly increase your running time.
4. Always carry poop bags and dog water. Your dog gets thirsty too!
5. Watch your dogs weight. Your dog will be burning more calories on a run; you may have to increase their food to keep them at a healthy weight.
6. Watch the weather. Try to take your dog for a run early in the morning or late in the evening when the pavement isn’t as hot and the air isn’t as humid. May through September can have some brutal, hot, muggy days; take a walk on those days and run on the cooler, breezy days.
7. Check out these running links: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-527–13602-0,00.html
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By Melissa McClelland
Tick-borne diseases are a huge concern for most people and their pets. It is very important to protect yourself, as well as your pets to prevent these diseases. Consult your veterinarian to discuss the best flea and tick preventative for your geographic area.
Thousands of dogs are infected every year with tick-borne diseases. Early diagnosis and treatment for these disease can prevent serious health issues later in life. Below are a few pathogens that can be transmitted by a tick bite.
Lyme Disease: transmitted by deer ticks and causes stiffness, lameness, and swelling of joints as well as loss of appetite and fatigues.
Canine Ehrlichiosis: found worldwide and transmitted by brown dog ticks. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, depression, nose bleeds, and swollen limbs.
Canine Anaplasmosis: transmitted by deer ticks and causes fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: transmitted by American dog ticks, wood tick, and the lone star tick. Symptoms include fever, stiffness, skin lesions, and neurological problems. This illness can last a few weeks, and in severe cases could cause death.
Canine Babesiosis: transmitted by American dog tick and brown dog tick. Symptoms include anemia, pale gums, weakness, and vomiting.
Canine Bartonellosis: transmitted by brown dog ticks and causes lameness, fever, and in severe cases heart or liver disease.
Canine Hepatozoonosis: transmitted by brown dog ticks and Gulf Coast ticks. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, and diarrhea.