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Most of us have first aid kits in our homes; stocked with adhesive bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, etc..  but when it comes to our pets and injuries, are you prepared?  Ready made kits are available for purchase, but if you prefer to make your own below are a few suggestions. What should you have in your pet first aid kit? Contact numbers and paperwork:  Veterinarian phone number, 24 hour emergency clinic, poison control hotline (24/7 ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER: (855) 764-7661) copies of vaccines and any other medical records,...

Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatment | PetMD Should we vaccinate our dog for Lyme disease? Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi .  The bacterium is spread by the Ixodes species of ticks, specifically Ixodes scapularis, which is also known as the common deer tick, and Ixodes pacificus.  Although Lyme disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, it is thought that there are areas that are more endemic for the disease.  I. scapularis is found in the Midwest and northeast, whereas I. pacificus...

What are some household hazards for a new puppy? Much like a human child, puppies will find their way into every inch of your home. It important for new owners to be aware of hazardous materials found commonly in your household that your puppy can get into that may be harmful to their health. Harmful Foods in the Kitchen: Chocolate, Cocoa Power – contain a substance called Theobromine, which is neurotoxic to dogs Grapes, Raisins – can cause kidney failure Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Chives – can cause anemia in your pet Avocado...

Senior Pets By:  IVMA Member Dr. Leslie Brooks November is National Senior Pet Month! With the advancement and growth of veterinary medicine, funding, and research over the past few decades, our pets are living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. While this is wonderful for the human-animal bond, it also means we should be aware of normal aging changes and things we can do as pet owners to make life a little more comfortable for our senior pets. What Age is Considered Senior? The age at which a dog or cat is...

National Cat Day By:  Dr. Leslie Brooks National Cat Day is October 29th, right before Halloween. I remember being a kid and my mom making sure our black cat was kept inside the week of Halloween for fear people may harm him since black cats had been historically considered bad luck and were to be feared on Halloween.  Regardless of the historical myths surrounding cats, cats are unique and oftentimes misunderstood. They are much more independent creatures than dogs and have more subtleties in their means of expression.  This can make...

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