April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, and is transmitted by the bite of infected deer ticks.  Dogs are at increased risk for contracting Lyme disease in the spring and summer months. Lyme disease has been found in all 50 U.S. states, although it is more common in some regions than … Continue reading April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

How Climate Change Impacts the Health of Our Pets

USA Today recently published an interesting article about all the different ways warming temperatures have a negative effect on the health of our dogs, cats, and other pets. According to veterinary epidemiologists interviewed for the article, certain diseases, many of them spread by parasites, are moving into geographic areas not previously affected by them. Here’s … Continue reading How Climate Change Impacts the Health of Our Pets

Parasite Infection Risk Increases for Outdoor Cats

Cats allowed to roam outdoors face a variety of health risks, from getting hit by cars and attacked by other animals to an increased risk for infection by internal and external parasites. A recent study of parasite infection rates for outdoor cats vs. indoor cats around the world has led to some interesting findings. Cats … Continue reading Parasite Infection Risk Increases for Outdoor Cats

Side Effects of Flea and Tick Spot Treatments

The warm spring weather means that flea and tick season is coming!  Topical spot products are the preferred treatment for many dog and cat owners.  When used correctly, they can be very safe and effective. But it is possible that your individual pet may experience an adverse skin reaction to the treatment. Here’s an overview … Continue reading Side Effects of Flea and Tick Spot Treatments