What is kennel cough?
What are the symptoms?
- Hoarse cough
- Begins 3 to 10 days after exposure
- Loud honking
- Sometimes cough up phlegm
- Loss of appetite
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
Where is your dog at risk of being exposed?
- Boarding kennels
- Grooming facilities
- Dog training classes
- Dog parks
- Animal shelters
- Veterinary clinics
Vaccinate to Protect
A simple vaccination, called Bordetella, every six months can help protect against kennel cough.
What are Heartworms?
This disease is called heartworm because the parasites tend to invade the heart of dogs. The eggs are deposited into the bloodstream and are transported into the rest of the body until they reach the heart. Once the parasites find their way into the right ventricle, they will duplicate in number. An abundance of them can cause an extreme hazard to the dog’s vital organs. Failure of the heart could mean failure of the whole circulatory system.
Heartworm in dogs can easily be prevented, yet very challenging to treat. The good news is that this disease is rather seasonal so it is much easier for pet owners to protect their dogs from it.
What are hookworms?
- Ingesting immature parasites (called larvae) from contaminated soil or water
- Eating tissues from an infected animal
- Larvae can penetrate a dog’s skin
- Larvae can infect young pups via their mother’s milk
How do I know if my dog has hookworms?
Are hookworm infections serious?
How is hookworm infection treated?
Can hookworms affect people?
Hookworm larvae can penetrate a person’s skin (usually bare feet) and migrate. This disease is called “cutaneous larva migrans.” Lesions appear as a red line beneath the skin and may cause severe itching. Occasionally, larvae may make their way through the skin and enter deeper tissues, causing lung disease or muscle pain and inflammation.
The term “otitis” can be used to describe a wide variety of problems associated with the ears. All of these can be divided into two basic categories:
In cases of bacterial, yeast, and parasitic infections, you may need to apply medication directly into your pet’s ears to kill the organisms responsible. Other topical medications can help decrease pain and redness. Sometimes oral medications may also be prescribed.
The best way to prevent otitis is by keeping your dog’s ears clean. Speak to your veterinarian about the types of ear problems likely to be experienced by your dog and other ways to help prevent them.
What is Parvo?
What are the symptoms?
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea with a particularly foul scent.
How is Parvovirus infection diagnosed?
How is Parvovirus spread?
Parvovirus is spread through contact with feces containing the virus. The virus is known to survive on inanimate objects – such as clothing, food pans, and cage floors – for five months and longer in the right conditions. Insects and rodents may also serve as vectors, playing an important role in the transmission of the disease. This means any fecal material or vomit needs to be removed with a detergent before the bleach solution is used. The bleach solution should be used on bedding, dishes, kennel floors and other impervious materials that may be contaminated.
A rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency. When an unprotected dog is bitten, the toxins in the snake venom are painful and have serious consequences. Even if the dog survives the immediate effects, it can be permanently injured by the venom.
Treatment of snakebites can include anti-venom, intravenous fluids, and other medicines that can cost thousands of dollars.
Red Rock Rattlesnake Vaccine can help reduce the impact of snakebite. It was developed specifically to stimulate an animal’s immunity against rattlesnake venom, but it can also protect against copperheads, too. Even after a vaccinated dog has been bitten it needs to go to the veterinarian for evaluation because antibiotics may still be necessary.
What are roundworms?
How do I know if my dog has roundworms?
Checking a pet’s feces for parasite problems is an important part of routine veterinary care. A microscopic fecal examination by your veterinarian can detect roundworm eggs in your dog’s feces. The presence of eggs means that your dog is infected with roundworms. The size and shape of the eggs can help your veterinarian identify the particular species present. Additionally, adult roundworms may be observed in the pet’s feces.