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Heartworms In Dogs: Myths VS. Facts

  How heartworms are spread All dogs are at risk for potentially deadly heartworm disease. Heartworms live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs of dogs, cats and other mammals like wolves, foxes and coyotes. Heartworms cannot be spread directly from animal to animal without a mosquito as an intermediary. Heartworms are spread when a mosquito bites an infected dog and picks up tiny larvae called microfilariae from the dog’s bloodstream. Then that mosquito bites another dog infecting it with the heartworm larvae. Over the next several months the heartworm larvae grow and migrate to the heart and lungs.

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Ask The Vet: Heat Stroke In Dogs

During the dog days of summer one thing to be wary of as the temperatures climb is heat stroke. Heat stroke in dogs is a dangerous rise in body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit caused by prolonged exposure to high ambient temperatures. This is typically the result of being confined in a car or left outside on a hot and humid day with inadequate shelter. Another form of heat stoke is exertional which occurs when dogs are exercised for too long on hot humid days. A body temperature of greater than 109 results in multiple organ dysfunctions and if

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The Overall Health Of Your Dog

The pack is a family unit, and every pack leader naturally wants to ensure the vitality and longevity of his or her family members. We want the years we spend together with our packs to be happy and lively ones. But in a world in which we breathe in pollutants and toxins daily, eat over-processed foods with little nutritional value, and find ourselves subject to germs and bacteria that can cause illness and other serious medical conditions, what can be done to brace up and fortify the health of our beloved canine companions? As a pack leader, it’s up to

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Switching To Adult Food From Puppy Food

I am reading conflicting information about when to transfer our puppy from puppy food to adult dog food. Our vet says anytime between 6 and 18 months for our type of dog (Basset hound). The dog food guide says 12 months, the 30-year pet store owner says 6 months, and our back-up vet says 12 months at the longest. My gut instinct says, because a Basset’s bone structure is not fully developed until about 18 months old, keep her on puppy food until she’s 18 months, but she’s not interested in her puppy food anymore and as of late goes

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Holidays Feast: Is The Fun Worth The Risk?

We each answer that question for ourselves every day. Feeding high fat foods, such as turkey skin, is not good for dogs. That being said, neither are cheese-its or popcorn or a million other things people use in the real world as treats for their dogs every day. Any sudden change in a dog’s diet can result in Irritable Bowel Disease or Pancreatitis, and a high fat treat can be dangerous. For some of us, the joy of sharing our holiday traditions with our canine family is worth the risk. Although it can be fatal, pancreatitis only happens a small

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Dog First Aid Tips

Accidents can happen at any time, but if you are prepared, serious crisis can be averted. This is an excellent time to familiarize oneself with the basic principles of dog first aid. Always be prepared! Make a dog first aid kit and have it on hand wherever you go. Consider having multiple kits, such as a large fully stocked kit for home and a smaller kit for the car or family outings. For bandaging material, you should keep a roll of gauze (can also be used to create a makeshift muzzle if needed), square gauze, non-stick pads, first aid tape

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Overweight Dog

My Cheena (a Chihuahua/pekinese) is overweight at 11 lb. I have had numerous suggestions on how to get her to lose about 3 or 4 lb. Can you give me some advice on how to take some weight off her? Her diet is boiled beef, beef marrow bones, and a snack of dehydrated chicken. Yeah, I sometimes cheat, but not as a habit. Daniel RiveraBrooklyn, NY Read Dr. Sherry Weaver’s Advice I have always believed in the weight watchers approach to weight loss. I don’t forbid any specific food; I just provide 20% less of it. If you measure the

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