Leptospirosis in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Do you have a young dog that is suddenly in renal failure? Is your dog unvaccinated? Has your part of the country been recently subjected to flooding? Maybe Leptospirosis should be on your list of disease differentials.

Medial Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Orthopedic

Do you have a toy breed of dog that is running on three legs? Is the leg that is being held up a rear one? Then you are possibly dealing with Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL), the most common congenital abnormality seen in dogs. In one study >7% of puppies were affected. MPL is most frequently seen in small breeds of dogs, however the frequency in larger breeds is increasing. Small breeds commonly affected include miniature poodles, Yorkshire terriers, Cairn terriers, toy poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Boston terriers, and the Maltese.

Portuguese Water Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Recently chosen to be the First Dog of the United States, the once-obscure Portuguese Water Dog has gained new notoriety. President Obama and his family have chosen a Portuguese Water Dog to become the newest resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C.

Periodontal Disease in the Dog and Cat

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diet & Nutrition, Diseases, General Care

Periodontal Disease is defined as an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common disease found in the dog and will affect more than 8 out of 10 dogs three years of age and older. The prevalence of periodontal disease in the dog increases with age but also decreases with increasing body weight; therefore, toy and miniature breeds are more severely affected.

Ear Mites in the Rabbit (Psoroptes cuniculi)

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Parasites, Rabbits

Do you have a rabbit that is constantly scratching at her ears? Do the ears look red and irritated? Are there big flakes of crusted material on the inside of your rabbit’s ears? Then you could be dealing with a common parasite in rabbits seen worldwide, the rabbit ear mite, also known as Psoroptes cuniculi.

These mites are easily identified on microscopic examination.

The Green Anole (American Chameleon)

Filed Under: Reptiles, General Care

The Green Anole, also known as the American chameleon or red-throated anole, (scientific name Anolis carolinensis) is a lizard with plenty of personality and is a good beginner reptile for enthusiasts. These 5-to 8-inch long lizards, of which most length is the tail, range from North Carolina to Florida and as far west as central Texas. The anole is also native to warm, moist climates throughout North and South America, and various additional varieties of the anole are found on certain Caribbean islands.

Hookworms in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Is your puppy anemic? Does he appear to be losing weight, and is the hair coat dull and thinning? Have you noticed that your dog’s bowel movements are dark and tarry? Then your pet may be suffering from a hookworm infection.

Hookworms are small thread-like worms that suck blood from the small intestinal tract of infected pets. The most common types of hookworms infecting dogs include Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense, and Uncinaria stenocephala.

Demodicosis, Demodectic Mange or Red Mange

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Does your dog have patchy areas of hair loss, especially around the head and front legs? Are the affected skin areas red and irritated? Is your dog under two years of age? Then your pet could be suffering from demodectic mange.

Pythiosis in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Has your dog been losing weight lately, exhibiting chronic vomiting, had diarrhea, or hematochezia (blood in the feces)? Alternatively, does your dog have an ulcerated, draining skin lesion that just won’t heal? Is your dog a sports breed like a Labrador retriever, or does he love the water? Do you live in an area with a warmer climate? Then your dog could be suffering from an infection called Pythiosis.

Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

Filed Under: Horses, Diseases, General Care

Are you currently breeding horses? Are you vaccinating your horses for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)? A 2005 study found that a mere 11.7% of breeding operations are vaccinating for this highly contagious, reportable, viral disease that causes sporadic outbreaks of respiratory infection and abortion in horses.

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