Are Vaccines Really That Important?

     The answer to this question seems like a no-brainer—YES! However, many pet owners are unsure why it is so important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their vaccinations. There are many reasons to be responsible about vaccinating your pet, including preventative care to avoid costly emergencies, public health and safety in your community, and best quality of life for your pet. Vaccines are an easy, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases in cats and dogs. This list includes: Continue…

What is Parvo and What Can I do to Protect My Dog?

 

     Canine Parvovirus is an often fatal illness that is transmitted from dog to dog by contaminated feces. Because it has no fatty outer envelope to make it vulnerable like other viruses, parvo is particularly tough and can live in the soil for up to 2 years. That means the ground that looks perfectly safe and poo-free at the dog park or on your regular walk could be harboring parvovirus. When a dog with little to no immunity to parvo gets infected, it begins to work on the lining of the intestines and stomach, causing severe damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and eventually causing death from internal destruction and severe dehydration. This process is fast, and most untreated dogs die within a week or two from first symptoms. If parvo is caught soon enough, some patients may pull through with hospitalization and intensive supportive care. Continue…