Canine parvovirus (parvo) is the most common infectious disease among dogs. Spread via contact with contaminated feces, often by rodents or insects, the virus can live on objects and surfaces for as long as two years under the right conditions.
Hey, everyone! It's Cooper, here to discuss a very important topic: National Poison Prevention Week.
It's hard for me to admit this, but here goes: We dogs have a few bad habits...and one of them is that we will eat pretty much anything. Of course, that doesn't mean that we SHOULD eat anything we want, because not everything is good for us! In fact, many common household items can actually harm us...or even kill us (ooh, I don't want to think about that!)
If you're a dog parent, chances are you've at least heard the term "Lyme disease." Transmitted to canines by the bite of a tick, Lyme disease is a bacterial-based illness that travels through the dog's bloodstream and usually centralizes in the joints. Although the deer tick is the most common carrier of the disease, other varieties of ticks can transmit it, too.
Untreated heartworm infection in pets can be fatal. Heartworm treatment is expensive and lengthy, and only available for dogs (infected cats currently have no options available). The best option for both your pet and you is to prevent an infection.
Mosquitoes carry the heartworm parasite, and one infected mosquito is all it takes. A mosquito can pick up the infection from a lot of different places: cats, dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes and ferrets are all known hosts to the parasite. If a mosquito bites an infected coyote and then bites your pet, tiny heartworm parasites enter his bloodstream. From there, the worms grow and spread to your pet's heart and the blood vessels around the lungs. These worms can grow to be up to a foot long.
Few things are more depressing than the sobering fact that millions of healthy pets are euthanized every year simply because there weren't homes for them. What's worse is that the majority of these deaths could have been avoided if more female pets were spayed.