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Herpesvirus in Dogs and The Fading Puppy Syndrome

It is estimated that at least 70% of the canine population is infected with the canine herpesvirus (CHV) , which generally does not cause clinically significant illness. However, the mortality rate of newborn puppies – that acquire the disease – is estimated at 100%. Indeed, CHV rapidly invades the entire body, affecting all organs, the…

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Parainfluenza in Dogs: What is it?

    Before we delve into parainfluenza, we need to clear up confusion. The canine parainfluenza virus is separate from the canine influenza viruses. Therefore, the parainfluenza vaccine will not provide protection against the canine influenza viruses H3N2 and H3N8, nor will canine influenza vaccines protect against canine parainfluenza. However, for clarification, canine influenza virus infection…

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Variables of Vaccinations in Dogs

    Companion pet caregivers have stated, “The vaccine didn’t work.” It could be so, although unlikely – depending on the vaccine given. Before we start assuming this to be true, several variables need to be considered. Let’s review some of the most common reasons. Bear in mind, these reasons could be THE reason, OR…

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Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

Depending on where you live, many businesses are now increasingly pet-friendly such as clothing stores, hotels, pet supply stores, photography studios, etc. For people who use and need service dogs for medical purposes or assistance, this can be a blessing and sometimes a problem. Compounding the problem is the definition of what is considered to…

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Why do dogs eat grass?

“Why do dogs eat grass?” My veterinary colleagues and I are asked this frequently and we honestly do not know the exact reason or reasons. To try to answer this age old question, a few studies have been conducted. Researchers at the University of New England in Australia compared two sets of dogs. One set…

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Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness

    As we have all been experiencing an increasing number of extreme weather incidents from mega-tornadoes, massive flooding, droughts and wildfires, everyone should create Pet First Aid Kits, learn about administering pet CPR, and be prepared for emergencies. The Emma Zen Foundation’s website provides comprehensive lists for Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Kits.…

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Fleas on Dogs and Cats

Many readers probably want to know what we recommend in the form of natural or chemical flea preventatives. As this blog is for general information only, it does not recommend specific brands or products, beyond a flea comb, and shampoos and supplements that are made from natural products, and are intended to help control fleas.…

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