What Do Pet Vaccines Really Protect Your Dog From?

Most people are aware that their pets should be vaccinated, but you may not know the reason why. Vaccines are incredibly vital and must be part of your pet’s preventative care as they will help prevent serious diseases and provide pet owners with peace of mind.

Pet vaccines allow the body to build an effective immune response against viruses and bacteria,

Should I Get My Dog or Cat Microchipped? Read All Answers!

Every year, hundreds of pets who get lost or are abandoned by their owners end up living in shelters. Most of them are never reunited with their family while a few lucky ones get found with major search efforts. If you don't want to lose your pet, it's better to get them microchipped by a [...]

Lyme Disease: Signs, Treatment & Prevention

Lyme diseases is an infectious disease that can even affect the humans, cats and other species, although it commonly infects dogs. This problem stems from the microscopic bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is a transmitted from the infected tick bites into an animal host. There are a variety of clinical signs for having Lyme diseases [...]

Is Your Pet Caught By Cardiac Arrhythmias? Get The Treatment

Arrhythmias has two different definitions, one is an abnormal heart rhythm while the other is normal variants like respiratory sinus arrhythmia in a dog. The dangerous arrhythmia can even lead to the risk of cardiac death suddenly. Sinus node disease and atrial standstill are the common types of Arrhythmia while the heart block, ventricular premature [...]

Flea, Be Gone

What is a Flea? Last month, we posted a blog about ticks. (To read about ticks click Here)Fleas are quite similar to ticks - they are both small, ectoparasites that cannot fly and live on the surface of animals by ingesting their host’s blood. However unlike ticks, fleas have 6 legs and can use their [...]

Intestinal Parasites

What is a parasite? A parasite is any organism that takes or uses resources and nutrients from another host organism by residing in or on them. We previously discussed a few ectoparasites (ticks). Intestinal parasites are those that live within the gastro-intestinal tract of their hosts. However don’t be fooled; intestinal parasites can still be [...]

Ticks: Vectors of Disease

What is a Tick? Ticks are eight legged creatures, also known as an arachnid. They are an ectoparasite which means they are found on the body of mammals, birds, and sometimes even amphibians or reptiles. There are four stages in a tick's life: egg, larvae, nymph and adult. Ticks wait in wooded areas on the [...]

It’s Heartworm Season! Are You Ready?

What is Heartworm? Heartworm is a parasite transferred by the bite of an infected mosquito. This happens when a mosquito bites an infected animal - the young heartworms (called microfilaria) can enter into the mosquito. After a 2 week incubation period, the microfilaria will mature into larvae. When this mosquito feeds again after the incubation [...]

Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease? How could my dog be infected? Lyme disease is a systemic infection cause by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called a spirochete. The bacterium is carried by several species of ticks, most commonly the Deer tick or blacklegged tick, and dogs become infected when they are bitten by an infected tick. The tick [...]

Heartworm Season is here!!

With the warmer temperatures arriving early, Heart worm season is already here!! Here at River Grove Animal Hospital, we will be starting Heart worm Prevention April 1st! This week, we felt it only fitting to BLOG about this completely preventable disease! When it comes to Heart worm Prevention is the best medicine! What is Heartworm? [...]
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