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We all know that pet ownership isn’t always easy — but our team of veterinarians and veterinary experts are here to help! Have you noticed a behavior change in your animal recently? Or perhaps you’re not sure if you need to bring them in to our animal clinic, or just wait it out?

You can send questions directly to our animal hospital and our team of veterinarians will promptly provide our insight!

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Q. We have a dog and are adopting two new cats. What is the best way to introduce them?

Many dogs and cats get along very well, especially if they’ve grown up with each other or have prior experience living with the other species. But dogs who have never lived with cats are more likely to treat cats like … Continue reading

Q. Do all animal parasites have to be treated and removed?

Most intestinal parasites can multiply at an alarming rate, so even a single intestinal worm can become a fast-growing problem. One female roundworm can lay up to 100,000 eggs in one day. One hookworm can produce up to 20,000 eggs … Continue reading

Q. Why is regular deworming so important?

Regular deworming is the best way to prevent parasitic disease, and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. Frequent deworming is crucial for newborn puppies and kittens because they can be seriously harmed by parasites. Regular deworming also … Continue reading

Q. How do I know if my pet is infected with parasites?

Parasite eggs are shed by animals, even by those that appear to be well and energetic. Therefore, you may not recognize any illness or see obvious symptoms until it is too late. A nationwide study revealed more than 1 out … Continue reading

Q. How does a person get infected with animal parasites?

Parasites are transmitted to people through oral ingestion of parasite eggs from a contaminated environment, through hookworm larvae penetrating the skin, or from accidentally ingesting a flea infected with a tapeworm. Contamination occurs when people accidentally put dirty hands in … Continue reading

Q. What are the risks associated with animal parasites?

Young children are especially at risk. Based on a national survey, 73 percent of pediatricians see cases of pet-to-human parasitic zoonotic disease every year. Parasites can cause problems that range from intestinal upset to blindness or even death. According to … Continue reading

Q. What are parasitic zoonoses?

Parasitic zoonoses are diseases caused by parasites. While we normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms with cats and dogs, people can accidentally be infected with the same parasites.

Q. What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)?

FIV attacks a cat’s immune system, producing a slow-developing immunodeficiency disease that results in chronic secondary and opportunistic infections. These include respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary tract, and skin infections, and general unthriftiness. Various cancers may also develop. FIV infection is life … Continue reading

Q. What is Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) begins as an upper respiratory infection that can progress to a widely distributed inflammation of tissues and organs, including peritonitis (inflammation of the abdominal cavity). Although not always present, a classic sign of FIP is abdominal … Continue reading

Q. What is Feline Leukemia?

Feline leukemia is a high-mortality disease caused by the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FeLV produces an initial immunosuppressive infection followed by various other diseases (e.g. respiratory disease, diarrhea, anemia) affecting the immunosuppressed cat. Cats that survive these initial diseases may … Continue reading