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Heartworms are a parasitic worm that lives within the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. If they live to this stage of life, they can cause severe problems for your pet. However, there is a simple way to decrease the chance of this happening: using a preventative medication regularly. The heartworm can infect your pet when they are bitten by a mosquito. This leads many pet owners to believe that they can skip a few of the colder months, only giving the prevention when they think there are mosquitos outside,...

Leptospirosis (Lepto) is a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria that can affect both animals and humans. In fact, it is currently the most common zoonotic disease in the world, that can be transmitted from animals to people. How does one get the Lepto virus & how does it spread? Leptospirosis is carried by wildlife such as rats, raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, and deer and is found in places where they may urinate, including lakes, streams, puddles, or soil in your backyard. But this doesn’t mean that only dogs that swim in lakes...

As a loving dog owner, I have often wondered if pet insurance is worth the monthly fee to have peace of mind when the unexpected happens. There are many companies to choose from, but which is most reliable? What does pet insurance cover? Better yet, what does it not cover? The alternative to pet insurance is proactively budgeting for veterinary expenses down the line. The catch is, we can’t gaze into a crystal ball and predict our pet’s future health needs. An emergency visit could range anywhere from $200-5,000+, depending...

Allergies are commonplace in today’s society with over 50 million people in the United States suffering. This translates into 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children are affected. Pet ownership in the United State is also very common with 36.5% of the population owning dogs and 30% owning cats. The high incidence of allergies and pet ownership have led to the development of new medicines and therapies to control allergies along with hypoallergenic animals for pets. Controlling your allergies: The first step in controlling allergies and getting a pet is...

There are many people that are allergic to cats and dogs, as well as other furry friends. They may start sneezing, coughing, develop a scratchy sore throat, and have red, watery or itchy eyes and even develop skin rashes. In the most severe circumstances, they may also have difficulty breathing. But why does this happen, and what can be done to prevent it? Allergies develop due to an overly sensitive immune system. Under normal circumstances, our immune system is what protects us from bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that enter the...

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