Dogs

Bufo Toads: Poisonous to Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Think toads are harmless? Do you think it’s alright if your dog or cat decides on a frog-leg snack? If you live in a warmer part of the world you might just want to rethink your position. Especially large or colorful frogs may be hazardous to the health of your pets. In fact, toads were responsible for the 8th most common way pets were poisoned during 2007 in the United States.

Pets and Flea Prevention

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Adult fleas are wingless, blood-sucking, external parasites of warm-blooded animals. The cat flea is the most common in the Southeast. It has more than fifty hosts, including domestic cats, dogs, opossums, cattle, skunks, squirrels, and the house mouse. From egg to adult, the cat flea can live up to twenty months indoors.

Distribution in the home

Habits of pets affect the distribution of fleas inside the house. Flea larvae are found primarily in carpeting near an area where a pet spends time sleeping or resting.
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Top Dog Breeds in the U.S. for 2007

Filed Under: Dogs

The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as "designer dogs". Of the AKC registered breeds, the following were the most popular in 2007.

1) Labrador retriever, for the 17th consecutive year
2) Yorkshire terrier
3) German shepherd
4) Golden retriever
5) Beagle
6) Boxer
7) Dachshund
8) Poodle
9) Shih tzu
10) English Bulldog

The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

Heat Stroke in Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Looking for a cool shady place with a cold drink to escape those warm summer temperatures? Maybe a dip in the pool or the lake will provide some relief. Some of us just hate to go outside the house during the middle of the day when we are fortunate enough to have an air-conditioner in those midsummer months. Just think of how bad it would be to have on a fur coat and have to pant to release excessive heat. Don’t forget your best 4-legged friends when trying to escape those dog days of summer. Your pets are more sensitive to heat stroke than you might think.

Noise and Thunder Phobias in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Are you planning a huge 4th of July party this year complete with all those fireworks? Maybe think twice before shooting off all those noisy firecrackers. Your 4-legged friends may have difficulty handling all the noise. In fact, fear of loud noise and thunder are some of the most commonly seen phobias in dogs.

Congestive Heart Failure in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Is your dog sleeping more than usual? Is your small dog suddenly coughing, especially after that nap or following the least bit of exertion? Has your dog had problems with his dental health in the past? Then your pet could be suffering from congestive heart failure which is a leading cause of death in older, especially smaller breeds of dogs.

Cheyletiella or Walking Dandruff in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Is your dog scratching, does he have bad dandruff, is he rubbing his eyes or sneezing? Does that dandruff appear to be moving? Then Cheyletiella yasquri, a large mite that parasitizes dogs, could be the source of your problem.

The Cheyletiella yasquri mite is so large that it may appear visible to the naked eye. Although primarily a parasite of dogs, Cheyletiella species are not host-specific and cross-infections with cats, rabbits, and foxes are not uncommon.

Azalea and Rhododendron Poisoning

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Horses, Cows, Poisoning

The beautiful flowering shrub adjacent to your porch may have a sinister side to it. Don’t let those colorful blooms fool you. Cuttings from these bushes may be toxic to your pets and livestock.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Does your pet have a chronic skin, ear, or nail bed infection that just will not clear up regardless of the antibiotic used? Then a new strain of Staphylococcus bacteria could be the cause of the problem.

Canine Anaplasmosis

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Has your dog suddenly developed an anemia or lameness?  Have you had a problem controlling ticks this summer?  Then your pet may be suffering from an infection called anaplasmosis. 
 

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