Canine Rabies is a severe, and often fatal, viral polioencephalitis that specifically affects the gray matter of the dog’s brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to dogs in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. Infectious virus particles are retained in a rabid animal’s salivary glands to better disseminate the virus through their saliva.
Feline Rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the cat’s brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. Infectious virus particles are retained in a rabid animal’s salivary glands to better disseminate the virus through their saliva.
Once the virus enters the cat’s body, it replicates in the cells of the muscles and then spreads to the closest nerve fibers, including all peripheral, sensory and motor nerves, traveling from there to the CNS via fluid within the nerves. The virus can take up to a month to develop, but once the symptoms have begun, the virus progresses rapidly.
Leptospirosis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans and a small amount of other animals. It is an infection of bacterial spirochetes, which dogs acquire when subspecies of the Leptospira interrogans penetrate the skin and spread through the body by way of the bloodstream. If untreated, the disease can be fatal. In this article, I am going to discuss the the treatment and management options for Leptospirosis in dogs.
This Thursday marks the official first day of spring! For the pet owner, this announcement may conjure images of sunny walks with the dog or cats spellbound by the busy bird feeder. Each season poses it’s own unique risks for the family pet, therefore it’s important to be vigilant about seasonal pet safety precautions. Continue reading Spring is in the Air!
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin
All Pets deserve routine wellness care and we believe it is our most powerful tool to ensure a happy and healthy life for our patients. Because wellness care is so important, we have discounted specialized care packages including: Continue reading Wellness Packages For All Pets!
Bayer’s “Buy 6 Doses -Get 2 Doses Free” promotion is ending on December 31, 2013 for Advantage Multi for dogs and cats. If you will need more Advantage Multi soon or would like a combination protection medication for your pet, please stop by today!