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10 Myths About Heartworms How is Heartworm Disease Treated in Dogs? Lifecycle of the Heartworm

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Preventing Heartworm Disease

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This is a potentially fatal, but ultimately HIGHLY preventable disease. In the year 2015, there is no excuse for an owned pet to suffer and die from heartworm disease. Heartworm preventives are readily available, highly effective, extremely...

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Signs of Heartworm Disease in Cats

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The cat’s immune system is extremely reactive to the inflammatory proteins produced by the presence of heartworms. Cats develop more signs of lung disease, complete with respiratory distress and chronic coughing and/or vomiting. Feline...

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Congestive Heart Failure

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In a normal heart, blood is pumped with ease through the vessels of the heart and lungs. However, in arteries plugged with inflammation and worms, the heart has to work harder and harder to push blood through. The right side of the heart must...

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Chronic Immune Stimulation

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When a pet goes without heartworm treatment for a long period of time, chronic immune stimulation occurs. Antibodies serve a key role in the body’s response to immune challenges. However, antibodies also produce inflammatory proteins,...

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Chronic Soft Coughing, Exercise Intolerance

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Coughing and exercise intolerance result as areas of the lung are unable to fully oxygenate blood. Nose bleeds may occur due to abnormal clotting in the lungs. And a form of non-infectious pneumonia (pulmonary eosinophilic granulomatosis) can...

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Asymptomatic – No Signs

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In the early stages of heartworm infection, no outward signs are seen. However, within days of the parasite arriving in the circulatory system, the damage to the arteries begins. Immune cells are called in to the area, but the worm is far too...

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Heartworm Disease – All Pets Are At Risk

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By Dr. Katy Nelson Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition of dogs, cats, and ferrets, caused by infestation of a parasite known as Dirofilaria immitus. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes to animals, and are...

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The 5 Stages of Heartworm Disease in Pets

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Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states and risk factors are impossible to predict. Even indoor only pets are at risk of infection. Read more.

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“Do Cats Get Measles?” and Other Assorted Vaccine Questions

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As we’re all now well aware, measles is back with a vengeance. Ground Zero in this case: Disneyland. What was once The Happiest Place on Earth became the Most Infectious Place on Earth, at least for a short period over the holidays....

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The Effects of Diet on Bladder Stones in Cats

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Bladder stones have long been relatively common in cats. In the past, the great majority of these stones were made out of struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate), but times have changed. Now, a cat is just about equally likely to develop...

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What to Do When a Uterus Twists During Labor

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You’ll have to pardon all the reproductive-centric blogs recently, but in the spring, that’s pretty much all we large animal veterinarians think about. We suddenly become OBGYNs to a handful of various species and, honestly, anything...

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Does Your Veterinarian Owe You a Guarantee?

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A while back, an advertisement from a competing veterinary hospital crossed my desk.The glossy postcard was printed with the hospital’s logo on one side, and on the reverse, a statement indicating the surgeons were now offering “lifetime...

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5 Signs Your Dog Has Ticks

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[video] Ticks are troublesome parasites that can cause a variety of problems for your pet. But spotting these tiny bloodsuckers in a dog’s fur isn’t always easy. It’s a good idea to use a year-round flea and tick...

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New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

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In August of last year I posted about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria to worldwide health. This topic is so important that it is increasingly seen as the biggest problem for human and veterinary doctors in the not too distant...

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Study Finds That Cats Pay More Attention to Us Than We Realize

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By Samantha Drake Cats, long stereotyped as aloof and highly independent creatures compared to dogs, may be getting a bad rap. Research recently published in the journalAnimal Cognitionposits that cats are quite in tune with their...

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Where’s the “Controversy” in the Vaccine Controversy?

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The ongoing human measles outbreak has brought the term “vaccine controversy” back into the news, but every time I hear it I want to scream. There is NO controversy. Vaccination against a myriad of diseases, including measles, has...

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Fifty Shades of Dog - What Women Really Want in a Man

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Fifty Shades of Grey is, no doubt, a polarizing book. Count me among the women who simply did not get how anyone could be so obsessed with Christian Grey. I had a few problems with him, such as his stalking and his weird fits of anger,...

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Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

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Live with cats for long enough and you’re bound to find a hairball on the floor (or in your bed, if you’re really unlucky), but hairballs don’t have to be a regular part of cat ownership. Cats bring up hairballs frequently...

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Positions, Please - A Birth On the Farm

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Since we’re into prime lambing and kidding time now, I thought I’d include you all in a demo of a barn C-section. A ewe is having trouble. Everyone ready? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what to do. First, you there,...

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Dog Friendly U.S. National Parks

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It's never too early to start planning for a getaway, and what better way to get away from it all than to hit the nature trails with your favorite companion? We found some of the best national parks in the U.S. where dogs are welcome,...

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Kitty Kollege: Where Smart Cats Go to Learn

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This week, let's take a break from medicine and look at pet caretaking from a lighter point of view. I present to you this farcical take on a college course catalog:If cats went to college. Kitty Course Calendar: Spring 2015 We...

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'Do You Have to Take My Pet’s Temperature Rectally?'

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Admit it. You wince and even dislike it when the veterinary nurse takes your pet’s temperature rectally. If your pet is sensitive and even aggressive when approached back there you are even more uncomfortable with the procedure. Some pets...

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Loyal Schnauzer Runs Away to Be With Sick Owner in Hospital

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It has been a rough year for Dale "Bucko" Franck and his wife Nancy.According to Iowa Public Radio, Bucko spent some time in the hospital for health problems and Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. Nancy recently had cancer surgery, but...

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Research Finds Dogs Can Read Human Emotions Through Facial Expressions

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Have you ever wondered if your dog understands what you’re thinking when you give him a specific look? According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, he actually might. In a study conducted at the University...

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Q. I have been told a high protein diet could help my dogs seizures is there any truth in this please

A. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things such as epilepsy, toxicity, brain lesions...

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