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Ewww... Worms
Ewww... Worms
Is there anything grosser than worms? Even as a veterinarian they disgust me. At one time or another, your dog will get some type of intestinal parasite. For puppy owners, intestinal worms are a real concern. Infections that would be unlikely to make an adult dog sick can kill a puppy. This week, we are talking about roundworms. In future blogs, we will talk about hookworms, tapeworms and...
A Puppy Parasite Primer
A Puppy Parasite Primer
I’ve actually been cruising the National Hurricane Center website, looking for tropical storms that might stop by and give us a little rain. It’s pretty crazy out there.I don’t think its weather related, but I’ve been seeing a lot of positive fecal parasite exams lately. Granted, our subtropical Texas climate provides ample breeding opportunities for all manner of pesky parasites.Today I...
10 Ways to Stop Fleas from Biting Your Dog
Ah, the joys of Spring and Summer. The return of swimming, hiking, Frisbee in the park, all reasons to look forward to the season. But the return of fleas? Not so much. Not only are these blood-sucking parasites unsightly and creepy, they can also cause some serious diseases. So, how can you keep your dog flea-free this season, and which dog flea and tick control is the best? Here are a few ideas...
What Does Heartworm Disease Do to Dogs?
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on June 24, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD A few years ago, it was possible to say that your dog wasn’t at risk for heartworm disease because of where you live; however, today, that is a dangerous way to think. According to the American Heartworm Society, cases of heartworm disease in dogs have been reported in every US state, including Hawaii and...
Stomach Worm Infection (Physalopterosis) in Dogs
Physalopterosis in DogsPhysalopterosis is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by the parasitic organism Physaloptera spp. Typically, only a few worms are present; in fact, single worm infections are common. There is no age, breed, or gender that is more susceptible to acquiring this condition than others. If you would like to learn more about this disease affects cats, please visit...
On the merits of heartworm prevention
One of my newest clients arrived at the office with reams of printouts in tow extolling the horrors of administering monthly poisons to protect our pets from heartworms. She also happened to live in the soggiest, boggiest part of Miami where mosquitoes are rumored to suck the life out of anything vaguely resembling a mammal. Now, I’m not a big lover of poison therapies but, unfortunately, every...