Heartworm is a preventable, but serious and potentially fatal, parasite that primarily infects dogs, cats and ferrets. It can also infect a variety of wild animals, including wild canids (e.g., foxes, wolves, coyotes), wild felids (e.g. tigers, lions, pumas), raccoons, opossums, and pinnipeds (e.g., sea lions and seals), as well as others. There have been documented human infections, but they are thought to be rare and do not usually result in signs of illness. Here are 7 frequently asked questions about heartworm disease:
It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal in order to assure success. Because left too long or not removed entirely, these buggers can cause some serious diseases. So, what can you do to keep your dog tick-free this season? Here are a few ideas to consider:
Especially with Easter coming up, rabbits are often thought of as easy, cheap pets, but there's just one thing: They're not easy or cheap. They are, however, highly misunderstood. Here are the top 9 mistakes new rabbit owners make and how to avoid them.
This week is Poison Prevention Week, and every home contains a variety of everyday items and substances that can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested by dogs and cats. You can protect your pet’s health by becoming aware of the most common health hazards found in many pet-owning households.
You can think of 6-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw's life in two parts: before Thula and after Thula. The young girl from Leicestershire, England, has autism, and her parents worried she might never speak or enjoy social interactions — until she met Thula, a Maine coon.
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