What are the Most Common Cat Skin Issues

Written by Dr. Melinda J. Mayfield-Davis, DVM, WCHP-AH | Featured on Vetericyn.com

Cats scratch and clean themselves all the time. You, as a normally distracted human being, probably don’t pay any more attention to their occasional itches than to their hairballs. But if you notice your animal companion is frequently scratching or continually grooming (in a neurotic, you’re-doing-this-too-much kind of way), it may be a sign that there’s a skin problem.

Just like people, cats can have sensitive skin. As you already know, your feline pal is adept at hiding his or her pain, so it’s important to know the signs of common cat skin issues. This guide is designed to help you recognize common cat skin issues and understand the possible causes. Read more

Intestinal Parasites: The Squirm-Worthy Side of Living With Dogs

Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

The woman dangled the plastic bag, pinched between the tips of her forefinger and thumb, at arm’s length over the clinic counter. “I agreed to a puppy, but I didn’t sign up for this,” she said dramatically. Through the clear plastic, I spotted roundworms wriggling in the stool sample.
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10 Facts About Ticks

Sure, we all know ticks are a nuisance, but do you really know what they are and what they can do? Here are 10 facts about ticks that you probably didn’t know.
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Beware the Biting, Stinging Insects of Summer

BY DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Summertime often means more time outside…and also more bees, wasps, hornets and other bugs that bite and sting and can make life miserable not just for us, but also our pets.

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Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Article by Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com

It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae.

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Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Article by Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com
It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae.
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Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water.

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How to Tell If Your Dog Has Worms

Article Featured on PetHelpful

Worms are one of the most common health problems for a dog. Fortunately, most cases are also very treatable. Since your dog can’t speak English, you need to be vigilant and watch for any unusual behavior.

Unfortunately some types of worms do not cause noticeable symptoms until they dog’s health is at risk. But the most common types are fairly obvious.

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Article by Mellissa Beall, DVM, PhD | Found on PetHealthNetwork
Tick encounters are increasingly hard to avoid. These adaptable parasites are responsible for spreading a variety of diseasesthroughout the United States, and their range is increasing. Unfortunately, due to issues, such as mice and deer overpopulation (they serve as hosts for ticks), reforestation, suburban sprawl, and patterns in bird migration, among others, ticks and other bugs are taking root in new regions. Add climate change on top of our boundary-less society, and it’s clear that your dog—and your family—may be meeting more parasites. Read more

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5 Ways Indoor Cats Can Get Fleas or Ticks

Article by Cheryl Lock | Found on PetMD
Keeping your cat indoors can help prevent him from getting lost, from getting into altercations with other animals, and from a whole host of other harmful issues. However, if you avoid giving your feline friend flea and tick prevention because you think his indoor lifestyle will protect him from those parasites, you could run into troubles. Read more