Mosquitoes are known to transmit the parasite known as the heartworm among its hosts. Heartworms in canines are a kind of filaris (a long thin worm), and despite being best known for being found in dogs, heartworms can affect a wide variety of other animals, from cats and ferrets to sea lions and even people. The heartworm’s name was derived from the fact that its reproductive cycle’s last stage occurs within the heart of its host.
In an interesting but silly trend, we have tried to make your canine friends eat more like us, but the tide has turned and for both humans and animals, the focus is on eating more raw food.
Recently the Salt Lake Tribune published an article warning livestock owners not to feed “cheap pet food to livestock”. “Utah’s state veterinarian is warning ranchers to avoid giving inexpensive pet food to their herds. Earl Rogers says most pet food has ingredients that could help spread an illness in livestock called BSE. It’s against state and federal law to give it to cattle.” BSE is mad cow disease.
Parasitic infections are common among puppies and are symptomatic, as the dog or puppy will experience diarrhea, vomiting, and show a potbelly, which is often perceived as being “cute”. Another indicator of a possible parasite or bacterial infection is poor coat quality or other general signs of bad health. Get the vet to take a stool sample if you feel that your animal has a parasite.
You’ll wish you had pet insurance … There may come a time when you have to seriously, and urgently, consider the cost of veterinary treatment. This situation happened to me a couple of years ago when I was looking at spending four thousand dollars to save my dog. Although he is a part of my family, I did wonder at the time (I feel ashamed now), if the cost was worth it. Medical science cannot cure everything and pets are vulnerable too. However, no matter the outcome, you will still have to pay for the cost of treatment.
Your lovable canine companion is adored by more than just you. Dogs can be carriers of fleas, ticks, and other parasites which can cause discomfort and other serious problems. When dogs are allowed to go outdoors they will eventually come in contact with ticks, fleas or other infestations.
More than likely you have noticed pet food being marketed as delicious and nutritional. Often, these pet foods appear to mimic the human diet with natural ingredients however the food is actually highly processed.
Vets in North America prefer Frontline Plus flea & tick control over other products. Frontline flea medication destroys all your pet’s fleas within one day and all ticks within two days.