Introduction to Canine Allergies

Up to 20% of US dogs are thought to suffer from canine allergies. In the worst cases, an allergy can severely affect your dog’s enjoyment of life. Naturally, it’s important to identify and eliminate the source of the problem, and to control the symptoms. But the good news is that there are plenty of treatments available, many of them remarkably effective.

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Signs of Illness in Your Dog

When your dog is ill, the sooner you intervene, the better. While lethargy and changes in appetite and elimination patterns are easily detectable, other signs of illness may slip under the radar for months on end. Dr. Trisha Joyce, a veterinarian at NYC Veterinary Specialists, offers advice on what you should watch out for to ensure your pet stays healthy.

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Ticks, Lyme Disease, and Dogs & Cats

Lyme Disease is caused by a spirochete called Borrelia. A spirochete is a type of bacterium. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick. Once in the blood stream, it is carried to many parts of the body. It is especially likely to localize in joints. It was first thought that only a few types of ticks could transmit this disease, but now it appears that several common species may be involved.

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Worms in Cats and Dogs – Prevention and Treatment

Parasitic worms are as common as fleas to cats and dogs, from the half-inch- long hookworms to the flat, segmented tapeworms that can reach three feet in length, But in most cases, worm detection is easy and treatment is effective. However, ignoring possible symptoms and necessary treatments can lead to serious illnesses and sometimes even the death of your dog, as well as the possible transmission of a worm infection to both you or your children.

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Tapeworm Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

Treatment of tapeworms is doubly important because these worms can be transmitted to people. The same larvae infecting your pet can migrate into a person and cause either a skin infection or in some cases an internal infection to the liver. This disease is called visceral larval migrans. This is why deworming all puppies is recommended, even if the fecal analysis is negative, and request regular stool examinations.

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