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Fleas are probably the most common ectoparasite (external parasite) of dogs and cats worldwide.  In addition to just being a nuisance, fleas are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in dogs and cats, which is estimated to account for over 50 percent of all the dermatological cases reported to veterinarians.

Fleas can carry and trasmit several potential serious illnesses to humans, including typhus and plague, and can transmit "cat scratch disease" (infection with Bartonella)...

Behavioral Concerns -

Mental or Physical?


Potential salmonella contamination prompts recall of Loving Pet treats
Loving Pets is recalling specific lots of dog treats that might be contaminated with salmonella, including Barksters, Puffsters and Whole Hearted air-puffed treats. The treats can be returned to the place of purchase.  Consumer Affairs (6/22) 

Regardless of how long or how often you use a product, it is always good practice to check for product recalls, as ingredients and the manner in which products are produced and handled often change.  Check with your local veterinarian, local pet store, and conduct an internet search.  Most importantly, contact the manufacturer for updates. 

To learn about some of the most recent recalls and other immediate health alert releases, scroll to bottom of this page.

Tick-borne Diseases

Product Recalls

Public health officials are urging the public to take extra precautions with their pets and surroundings due to incidents of illness and death of people who contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is a tick-borne disease.  

Whether or not you are in an area which is considered "heavy" infestation, there is a possibility that your pet can contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease from one single tick.

A tick control product for your pet is strongly recommended to be used on a consistent basis. 

It is truly sad that millions of pets are needlessly surrendered to shelters because of "behavioral" issues when those problems could have easily and permanently been resolved.  

There are resources available to pet owners who need such help with their pets.  Classes are offered through community centers and other organizations at very affordable prices or even at no charge.  Internet and television are also sources to obtain extremely helpful information.  "Cesar's Way" and "Cesar 911" are excellent sources which have helped thousands of pet owners resolve otherwise "impossible" problems with their pets. 

Toxoplasma gondii is a tiny parasite that infects people as well as birds and other animals.  Domestic Cats, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, and other wild cats shed Toxoplasma in their feces.  Cats may shed the parasite for 7 - 21 days the first time they become infected with Toxoplasma.  If they are allowed outside, pets can also become infected when they catch and eat wild animals.

Humans can get Toxoplasma several ways, including not washing hands after cleaning the cat litter box.

A BEHAVIORAL ISSUE IS A HEALTH PROBLEM!  It can be a result of prior emotional trauma, the lack of socialization or proper handling, or other reason.  It can also stem from a physical condition such as a tumor, neurological, sight or hearing problem.  If you feel that your pet has a behavioral issue of any kind, regardless of severity, it is important that the cause be immediately and correctly diagnosed by a professional (veterinarian and/or animal behaviorist) so that it may be properly addressed.  Most "issues" can be resolved with the proper diagnosis and treatment or rehabilitation.

Heartworms are known to occur throughout the U.S., and though they have been 100 percent preventable for decades, they are still common in dogs and cats.  Transmitted by mosquitoes, they are among the most damaging canine and feline parasites.  Heartworms are transmitted by feeding mosquitoes and, once mature, take residence in the heart and large vessels of the lungs.

Heartworms can be a very serious problem for both dogs and cats, especially those in mosquito-infested areas...  

Keeping your pet clean and well-groomed, including keeping it's nails trimmed, serve as a good foundation to a healthy and happy pet.  Long nails can cause a pet to walk unevenly and can cause soreness in the toes and paws.  Even hair mats can ultimately cause pain to a pet, as the entanglement can eventually involve the skin which causes the skin to pull and even tear with the pet's movement.


A cat in Lakeland, Fla., had to be euthanized after being attacked by a rabid raccoon, and the owner's dog will be quarantined for 180 days because it did not have a current rabies vaccination. Rabies was confirmed in a bat last month in southwest Lakeland, and Sheriff Grady Judd noted the importance of ensuring pets' rabies vaccinations are up to date.
WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (6/22),    The Daily Ridge (Polk County, Fla.) (6/21) 


Physical & Dental Exams


A wild rabbit in Colorado Springs, Colo., had the bacterial infection tularemia, but no people have been infected, El Paso County Public Health officials say. Pets with symptoms of infection such as eye and nose discharge, fever and skin lesions should receive immediate treatment, officials said.       The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (6/22)

Regular health exams are important to maintain your pet's good health, and so are regular dental exams. Just as humans, pets can have tooth aches as a result of infections, abscess, a loose or broken tooth, or for other reasons.  Routine dental exams, brushing your pet's teeth, and when needed, teeth cleaning by your veterinarian, can help prevent harmful tartar build-up and periodontal disease.  Keep in mind that as your pet ages, other dental problems can arise such as root loss which may require more extensive treatment.   

Geriatric work-ups are important for pets over the age of 7 years and can mean the difference of good health for your pet for many more years ... or not.   

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Toxoplasmosis and Cats

Zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases, are those diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans.  For example, some worms can be transmitted in the environment.

Vector-borne diseases are those transmitted by fleas or ticks among other parasites that infest dogs and cats.  They can affect pets and people.  Ticks can transmit a large number of "vector-borne" diseases in North America including...

Zoonotic & Vector-borne Diseases

Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog!

The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet.

“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency...


Fleas & Ticks

Healthcare Tips & Alerts