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Canine Heartworm Infection: Don’t Let Heartworm Become A Heartbreak!

Canine Heartworm Infection: Don’t Let Heartworm Become A Heartbreak!

Keeping your dog healthy includes regular preventive health care. Timely administration of heartworm preventive medication is one of the preventive measures that all dog owners should be practicing. What are heartworms? Heartworms are mosquito-borne parasites that live in the heart and blood vessels of an infected dog. These worms cause damage, often significant, to the cardiovascular structures and can lead…

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Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a severe, potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease that infects dogs.  Puppies and young dogs are most susceptible and tend to have the most severe infections. However, dogs that didn’t acquire immunity can get the infection at any age. Symptoms of parvovirus in dogs Parvovirus attacks the intestinal tract, essentially destroying the inner lining of the intestines. Symptoms most…

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Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper Virus

Canine distemper is a life-threatening disease that most commonly affects puppies and young dogs. Distemper is caused by a virus that can spread easily through an unimmunized (unprotected) population. Fortunately, adult dogs often develop some degree of immunity with age and are less likely to develop the disease. How Does Canine Distemper Spread? Canine distemper spreads through respiratory secretions that…

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Everything You Need To Know About Parvo

Everything You Need To Know About Parvo

Parvoviruses are a species-specific single-stranded, non-enveloped DNA virus. The canine virus appeared by a mutation in the early 1970s. Subsequent mutations brought about the epidemics of canine parvovirus disease in 1978 – 1979. Since this was a new virus, the pet population did not have immunity to it. Most exposed dogs became very ill and many died. The virus invades…

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Dogs and Coronaviruses: Do We Share Coronavirus Infections with Dogs?

Dogs and Coronaviruses: Do We Share Coronavirus Infections with Dogs?

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses classified by common properties. Viruses are infectious agents made up of genetic material enclosed in a protein envelope. Different viruses target different species and various body systems. Different viral diseases can affect: respiratory tract gastrointestinal tract circulatory system nervous system the skin the liver Coronaviruses got their name from the Latin word corona,…

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