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? [...]

Beware of Bad Breath!!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. The purpose of Pet Dental Health Month is to raise the awareness that pets need dental care. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have oral disease by the time they are 3 years old. Not only [...]

Dental Disease in Cats

River Grove Animal Hospital has extended Dental month into February! We are offering 20% off all Dental work done in the Month of February, as well as a free bag of our most popular Dental Care Diet! Because it is Dental Month, today's BLOG is aimed at educating our amazing clients about dental disease and [...]

Ringworm

Ringworm, also called dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection that occurs in the skin, hair and nails. The fungi feed on the keratin that is found in the outer layers of these structures. Ringworm infections can occur in all domesticated species of animals. There are a number of distinct species of dermatophyte fungi and some are [...]

Rabies and your Pets

Rabies Did you know that only 40 minutes away from Mississauga there has been a grand total of 25 confirmed Rabies cases found in Raccoon's sine early December. With the recent cases of Rabies found in Hamilton on the rise, here at River Grove Animal Hospital we felt it only fitting for this weeks BLOG post [...]
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