Seizures in Pets: How to Handle the Situation

 

Hefner_iStock_000028457668_MediumWhenever anyone has a seizure, be they human or animal, it can be a very scary, surreal situation. Some pets have known seizure disorders, so owners know what to expect and can be prepared. Other times, though, seizures can happen without warning.

Do you know what you would do if your pet ever had a seizure? Keep reading to learn how to handle seizures in pets, so that you can be prepared. You never know when you might need to know what to do. Continue…

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Fall Pet Toxins

cat's faceMany fall pet toxins affect our pets as they do us. Whether independently or together with our pets, fall pet toxins have negative effects for all concerned. The fall brings normalized temperatures, dynamic colors, and outdoor opportunities; but before you take your lovable furry cohort outdoors, stop and consider what dangerous toxins are afoot, before it’s too late. Continue…

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Dr. Google: Should You Trust Online Resources With Your Pet’s Health?

AIMSS_iStock_000058820410_LargeYou know you’ve done it; you wake up one morning experiencing pain or strange symptoms and immediately sit down at your computer or grab your phone for a quick “Dr. Google” consult.

Depending on the website you visit, you may be advised to gargle with saltwater, or rush to the E.R. immediately, or quit eating gluten…or all of the above. Most of us are aware that websites can’t compete with an examination from an actual doctor, but we do it anyway. Continue…

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Protecting Your Pet Against Heartworm Disease

New MosquitoCases of heartworm disease among dogs and cats have been on the rise over the past five years. Yet, many pet owners falsely believe it’s something that happens to “someone else’s pet” or only in rural areas.

Misconceptions about heartworm disease have led to the proliferation of the disease, expensive veterinary bills, and, sadly, the untimely deaths of tens of thousands of pets a year.

 

 

Heartworm: A Growing Concern

Heartworm disease affects every state in the U.S. and is most often found in coastal climates where mosquitoes tend to thrive. Although heartworm is much more common in dogs, we are seeing more cats and ferrets diagnosed, especially among shelter populations.

It is currently estimated that over one million dogs are infected with heartworm, and yet only 30% of these cases will be diagnosed by a veterinarian.  Further to this, roughly only half of dog owners keep their pets on a preventive.

This vulnerability in canines (as well as in unprotected cats) and the increasing presence of urban wildlife, which play host to the parasite as well, illuminate why this disease continues to spread. Continue…

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