Infections

Canine Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Clara’s Story

Canine Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Clara’s Story

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is one of the infectious diseases transmitted by ticks.  Even though the microorganism resembles bacteria, it behaves like a virus. It attacks and damages blood vessels, tissues, and organs throughout the body. That’s why the symptoms can be all over the place. It is most prevalent in the east coast, midwest, and plains. Even though it…

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Dog Skin Reactions: Cookie’s Mysterious Bumps

Dog Skin Reactions: Cookie’s Mysterious Bumps

Dr. Nancy Kay wrote a great article, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There, pointing out the fact that both doctors and veterinarians often feel obligated to prescribe something even though the situation does not call for it. Why would this be a problem? It reminds me of an episode of House MD, where a teenager went to a doctor with…

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Heartworm Infection in Dogs: Reading About Heartworm Is One Thing; Watching A Dog Suffer Is Another

Heartworm Infection in Dogs: Reading About Heartworm Is One Thing; Watching A Dog Suffer Is Another

Heartworms are mosquito-borne parasites that live in the heart and blood vessels of an infected dog.  These worms cause damage, often significant damage, to the cardiovascular structures and can lead to serious illness in the infected dog. In severe cases, heartworms can be fatal. Ashley agreed to share her first-hand experience with heartworm infection. Newton’s story It is one thing…

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Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is one of the big questions. However, even the experts who believe that we are over-vaccinating our dogs agree that there are at least three infections for which vaccination is a must. These are rabies, parvovirus, and canine distemper. Canine parvovirus Canine parvovirus is an acute, highly contagious disease that is often deadly,…

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