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Canine Influenza and Parvovirus Treatment Options

In our last article, we discussed Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (oxavir marboxil), two influenza antiviral medications that are prescribed to humans after infection has occurred. These treatment options are only approved for human use thus far. What about dogs? You may have heard in the past that Tamiflu has been used to treat viruses and assume the use applies to canine…

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Prep Your Pets for the Fourth Fireworks

Much to the consternation of many companion pet parents, many U.S. states are legalizing the sale of fireworks and/or changing the times fireworks can be set off. Indeed, cats and dogs may experience a panic attack to all sudden and loud noises such as fireworks, thunder, alarms, sirens, gunfire and air shows. Of course, others may only react to…

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Cat Declawing: Yes or No?

Declawing Illegalization Several countries have banned declawing of cats, or consider it extremely inhumane and should only be performed under extreme medically necessary circumstances, which are very rare. Denver, Colorado, the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia, and eight Californian cities have passed laws making the practice of declawing illegal. VCA Canada has announced the end of declawing…

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Environmental Impact on Cancer

Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. All three men were diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and barely understood aggressive cancer of the brain. When the news first broke about John McCain’s diagnosis and the naming of other prominent Washington D.C. area figures who were afflicted with the disease, we thought…

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How do you know when your dog needs to go potty?

We recently posted the question on social media, “How do you know when your dog needs to go outside?” Several responses from expert pooch parents were hilarious and they gave excellent tips, which we provide below. Of course, it raises the question, “How can new puppy or rescued dog parents get to the ‘clues’ level?” Well, we found some…

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Is Blastomycosis the Same as Valley Fever?

Recently, we posted an article about Valley Fever, which triggered the question, “Is Valley Fever the same disease as Blastomycosis?” We can see how the confusion arose, so we decided to explore the similarities and differences. Blastomycosis and Valley Fever are both fungal infections. However, they are different because the fungus causing each disease is…

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Valley Fever on the Rise

  The Basics Valley Fever (also known as coccidioidomycosis) is caused by the fungi Coccidioides immitis and posadasii. Coccidioides spp. lives in the soil in predominately semi-arid climates such as Southwestern United States, Southeastern Washington State, Central and SouthAmerica. When the soil is disturbed, the fungus can break apart and its spores become airborne. When…

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