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Tips On Prevention And Removal Of Dog Ticks

Dog ticks are parasites that feed on blood belonging to their hosts. They can spread different diseases to people and dogs. Prevention is the ideal way to stop them causing any harm but it’s just as important to spot and remove them as quickly as you can. If you live in a place that’s a “tick hot spot,” (such as a wooded area), this becomes even more critical. Locating ticks To find ticks, you must … Read more…

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Dogs Should Eat Raw Meaty Bones

Dogs are very clever when it comes to finding things that are good to eat. They’ll often be eating things that crawl, creep, swim, run, fly and wriggle. However, it’s rare for you to discover whole animal carcasses you can feed to your dog. Hence the need for raw meaty bones. As with anything new, the more knowledge you have, the simpler the task becomes. If you have ample information, you don’t have fears. Fear … Read more…

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You Must Vaccinate Your Dog

The need for vaccinations for dogs is a highly controversial topic. Many question if some should be done and also the timeframe for doing them. You need to speak to your vet about your dog because it’s sometimes an individual choice. In 2003, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) published their controversial recommendations for vaccinations. The report suggested that some are critical, others are only needed in certain circumstances and some shouldn’t be used at … Read more…

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Dog Ear Infections

Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment If your dog whines and scratches his ears fiercely, sometimes causing them to become red raw, it may be due to an ear infection; something that’s common in dogs. There are three major types of ear infections, all starting with the word “otitis” (meaning inflammation): internal, media and externa. Each type affects a different part of the dog’s ear. Ear infections are very common in dog breeds with big floppy ears … Read more…

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Dog Flea and Tick Medicine Side Effects

Many dog owners ask can flea medicine make a dog sick? If antiparasitic drugs aren’t used the correct way, yes they can harm dogs. Dogs are mammals, and are physically quite similar to people. Therefore Canines would have the same, or similar, reactions that people would have. When you talk about the safety and side effects of flea medicine on dogs, there’s a clear distinction between tolerant and toxic. The toxic type can be either … Read more…

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Ear Mites (Otodectic Mange) in Dogs

Otodectic mites are small insects that live in a dog or cat’s ear passage and they feed by first piecing the skin. Although not contagious to people, they’re extremely contagious to dogs and cats. Ear mites are the single most common cause of ear troubles in puppies and young adult dogs. If the dog has trouble with both ears, ear mites are the most likely cause. Ear mites aren’t to be confused with other mites … Read more…

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Heartworm Disease

An ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure Heartworm (aka (Dirofilaria immitis) used to be a parasite that only existed in southern climates. Today it’s a global problem that affects cats, dogs, foxes, coyotes, wolves and a few other animals. It was first discovered over 100 years ago in dogs and, in the 1920s, documented evidence verified that cats also faced this problem. Scientists have created a myriad of preventatives, diagnostic … Read more…

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Canine Worms

Dogs often become infected with worms. Intestinal parasites can cause major health issues for your dog or puppy. Roundworm infestation is very common in puppies. Tapeworms are usually suspected of infecting your dog when infestations of fleas are a problem. You can see evidence of tapeworm without using a microscope. There are other types of worms that can’t be detected by the naked eye, including whipworm and hookworms. It’s vital the type and any presence of intestinal parasites … Read more…