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Dogs Sniff Out Disease In Humans

July 11th, 2014

Early detection of prostate cancer has been enhanced through digital rectal screenings, but they are not always accurate, and may present the potential for discomfort. However, screening techniques are being tested that could change all of that, and they rely on the acute sense of smell of our canine friends. Read more about Dogs Sniff Out Disease In Humans

Amtrak Allows Pets Onboard

July 10th, 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced they are teaming up with Amtrak in a pilot program to do a six month trial allowing passengers to bring their pets aboard. While travelers already “carry on” dogs to flights, until now, Amtrak had not allowed the same accommodations for pets, unless they were service dogs. Read more about Amtrak Allows Pets Onboard

Head Pressing

July 8th, 2014

Dogs do things all the time that we humans might seem a bit odd, so it is not surprising that we also might miss unusual behaviors, which could actually be life threatening.

If you notice your dog or cat pressing their head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason, your pet could have a dangerous medical condition, which warrants an immediate medical assessment. This is called “head pressing,” and is characterized by the action of pressing the skull against something solid for extended periods of time. This behavior indicates a neurological condition or damage to the central nervous system. Other behaviors and symptoms related to this condition include pacing in circles, getting stuck in corners, staring at walls, unresponsive reflexes, seizures and vision problems. Read more about Head Pressing

Increases in Lyme Disease

July 3rd, 2014

Since 2009, there has been a more than 20 percent increase of Lyme disease in dogs, which corresponds to a similar increase in tick infestations. Lyme disease is caused by the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria and is spread by infected deer ticks. The tick attaches and feeds over the course of 24 hours, allowing the bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The bacteria cannot be transmitted directly from animal to owner, but a pet can bring an infected tick into the home or yard, thereby increasing the chance of humans and cats coming into contact with an infected tick. Read more about Increases in Lyme Disease

Toby the burned puppy gets a new eyelid

June 27th, 2014

Toby is a Lhasa Apso puppy named by caregivers after he was found in Greensboro, NC with serious burns over 50% of his body. Toby received life-saving care at the Guilford County Animal Shelter for third-degree burns on his head, neck, belly and front legs, and his right eye was removed. He was then sent to the North Carolina State University Veterinary School and Veterinary Health Complex for further care. Read more about Toby the burned puppy gets a new eyelid

Pet Burials

June 25th, 2014

When that sad day finally comes, it is helpful to know all of the options available in order to make the best possible decision regarding the final arrangements for a pet. Some are still buried in their owner’s backyards.  It’s free, green, easy to visit, and goodbyes can be as simple or as fancy as mourners want. However, there are many more options becoming available in recent years and they are increasing in popularity, largely because it is becoming illegal to bury a pet in the yard in many cities, but also because it is nice to have a lasting tribute to our four-legged friends.

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Grapes & Raisins are Dangerous for your dog!

June 25th, 2014

Dogs are frequently exposed to grapes and raisins, especially in households with children. Unfortunately, what many dog owners don’t know is that both can be toxic to their pet.

Dogs might eat grapes off the vine, steal grapes or raisins in your home and even eat raisins covered in yogurt or chocolate when you are not looking. Owners often feed grapes or raisins to their pets as treats or training aids without realizing the harm both can cause. Read more about Grapes & Raisins are Dangerous for your dog!

Noninvasive Regenerative Therapy

June 19th, 2014

Medical advances in stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies have offered tremendous hope, but unfortunately, have not yet materialized in a very tangible way. Research has shown varied, and not always positive, results for such therapies especially considering how invasive and painful some of the methods used are. An alternative regenerative medicine is now available which is able to re-grow damaged tissue in a non-invasive, healthy way. Read more about Noninvasive Regenerative Therapy

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