Archives: Illness & Disease

Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can… Read More »

Cold-Weather Clothing for Your Dog

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When the temperatures drop and snow and ice start to appear outside, it’s important to keep your dog’s well-being in mind. For many dogs, winter clothing can help them stay comfortable throughout the cold season! Learn more about cold-weather clothing for dogs in this article from your veterinary professional. Does My Dog Need Winter Clothing? Many dogs will benefit from… Read More »

Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, it’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it… Read More »

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Cats

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As you may have noticed, cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. However, while Fluffy can certainly manage to sleep in some very awkward positions, she isn’t quite as good at cooling herself off. In fact, hot weather can be very dangerous to our feline buddies! Fluffy has a fur coat on, and really doesn’t have any effective ways… Read More »

World Rabies Day

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September 28 is World Rabies Day. Although rabies is not as widespread as it used to be, it’s still as deadly as ever. In fact, many people don’t realize just how dangerous this disease is. Rabies has a staggering 99.95% mortality rate, which makes it the deadliest disease in the world. Read on as a local vet discusses rabies. Rabies… Read More »

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t… Read More »

Crayfish for dinner anyone?

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Recently I examined a coughing dog that was in for his comprehensive physical examination and vaccinations. A microscopic view of a stool sample revealed a parasite egg that I had not seen since my veterinary college days. This dog had lungworms, which are small roundworms that, as their name suggests, live in the lungs of infected dogs, or for that… Read More »

A Special note about Rabies and Bats

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In Michigan two species of animals commonly carry and transmit the Rabies virus, skunks and bats. Remember that the bat can readily gain access to our homes, and its bite is no more noticeable than that of a mosquito. Whenever you find a bat in a house, catch it and take it to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal… Read More »

Five Garden Plants that are Toxic to Pets

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Your backyard garden or landscaping might look beautiful, but don’t forget that it may contain plants that are harmful to our furry friends! Here, a Holt veterinarian lists five common garden plants that your pet should stay away from. Tulip It may surprise you to learn that the very common tulip plant can cause adverse health reactions in pets, including… Read More »

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