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Helpful Resources

Canine and Feline Heartworm

CANINE AND FELINE HEARTWORM • Most Americans love their pets and consider them family members. Likewise, most clients would not knowingly expose a pet to infection with a potentially fatal disease • Yet millions of owners who fail to protect their pets from heartworm infection are doing exactly that. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)

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Canine Lyme Disease

Canine Lyme disease-Companion Animal Parasite Council -CAPC • Lyme disease in dogs is showing up in places it didn’t used to. • That could mean humans are at increased risk for catching a disease that’s already on the rise in dogs. • The analysis revealed evidence that Lyme disease is getting worse in some regions

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Cats

CATS • Like dogs, cats look very different from people but share many of our body’s characteristics, such as a circulatory system, lungs, a digestive tract, a nervous system, etc. • There are many different breeds of cats, including Abyssinian, Himalayan, Maine Coon, Manx, Persian, Scottish Fold, and Siamese, to name a few. The Cat

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New Cat Owners

NEW CAT OWNERS • Cats make great companions. Not only do they look good, they also keep mice away (if you are lucky) and have built-in motors. • But there’s more to owning a cat than having a cute, soft, purring companion. Before you get one, there are a few things you should think about.

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Your Pet’s Weight

Your Animal’s Weight • Though a few extra pounds may seem like they can’t hurt, obesity can be a life-threatening condition for your pet. • Excess weight in pets can lead to osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, kidney disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury, and many forms of cancer. • Maintaining an optimal

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Caring for Your Pet Rabbit

What to feed your pet rabbit • When it comes to feeding rabbits, many people have it all wrong thanks to Bugs Bunny and every other image that pairs rabbits with carrots. • In reality, domesticated rabbits thrive on a diet that consists of hay, leafy greens and grass-based pellets. • Carrots are just a

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It’s that time of year

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! • Some dogs just love to go on car trips. It doesn’t matter where to, they just want to be with the family. • If the car trip is to run errands, even quick stops, it is best to leave your dog safely at home where it is cool rather

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis • Leptospirosis (lepto) is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. • The disease causes serious damage to the kidney and liver, and may be fatal in severe cases. • Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to people. Pet owners and veterinary staff should

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Pet Cremation

Pet Cremation • We can always find our beloved pets in our hearts, but having their cremains may feel like they are still here with us. Boxes and urns have become the physical presence of the companions we have loved and lost. Stopping to look at each one may make the tears fall, but it

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LVT Job position available

Licensed Veterinary Technician Job Description Job Description Summary: The primary purpose and function of the Veterinary Technician is to support the veterinarians, and other staff, in ensuring quality veterinary care, advocating for pets, educating clients and ensuring a safe and effective hospital environment. Qualifications, Experience, Education, and/or Training: • Veterinary Technician licensure and registration required

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Pet Cats and Toxoplasmosis-Risk for Pregnancy and Immunocompromised

Pet Cats & Toxoplasmosis – Risk For Pregnancy and the Immunocompromised • Concerns about toxoplasmosis revolve mainly around 2 groups: pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. In other humans, Toxoplasma exposure typically results in seroconversion (the development of detectable antibodies in the blood that are directed against an infectious agent), with no disease. • Fetal infections

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RECALL

Nestle Purina PetCare Company Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces Out of an abundance of caution, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in

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Keeping Pets Cool

Keeping pets cool is not just kind; it’s crucial. • When the temperature rises, all pets are at risk for heat stroke. • Some pets are particularly susceptible. Brachycephalic breeds—those with a “pushed-in” appearance—are inefficient at panting. These breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Boston terriers, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Pekingese, Chinese shar peis,

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New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

New imported distemper strain in dogs • In early October of 2018, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began showing a cough and lethargy with blood work indicating “anemia.” About 10 days later, the dog developed unilateral myoclonus with relapsing lethargy. In another week, the neurological signs had

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spay neuter questions

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS TO VETERINARIANS • One of the most common questions veterinarians hear each week is, “When should I spay or neuter my dog or cat?” With so much conflicting advice from friends, breeders, and the Internet, it can be difficult to find an answer, which is why the best option

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rabbit neuter

Rabbit Neutering Neutering is also referred to as orchidectomy or castration. It is a surgical procedure in which the testes (and associated tissues) are removed in order to sterilize, or render infertile, a male animal. There are many behavioral and health benefits associated with neutering your rabbit. • The obvious benefit is the elimination of

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Cats Need to Knead

WHY CATS KNEAD The kneading behavior begins early in life, while kittens are nursing. As kittens knead their mother’s mammary glands, oxytocin is released, causing milk to flow. Animal experts believe other reasons cats knead might include: • To show affection • To mark territory: Cats have scent glands between their toes on their front

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Taurine

Upstate Veterinary Specialties take on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy • Recent evidence has led the US FDA to announce that diets including legumes, lentils, peas and potatoes as main ingredients may be linked to the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. • Typically, most of these diets are marketed as “grain-free”. • This has led

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Canine Vaccines

Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health. Yet in this age of “overvaccination” scares and “Dr. Google,” some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs—even when it’s in their best interest. Get a rabies vaccine for your dog—it’s the law. Rabies is a fatal—and preventable—disease that

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