Tiny Tick Terrors

January 7, 2017

Tiny Tick Terrors

Ticks can transmit a variety of disease to our companions. This week we will specifically talk about canine ehrlichosis. Ehrlichia is a microscopic parasite that is transmitted to dogs by ticks. Most commonly the brown dog tick.  This parasite can cause bleeding disorders and anemia (low red blood cell count)

Some of the main symptoms may include fever, lethargy, stiffness, anorexia, low red blood cell count, & low platelet count. Unfortunately some dogs may not be able to fight this condition off on their own, so the organism goes dormant in the dog's system until a time of stress. 

Preventing is the key! We have several ways to repel & kill ticks, so please ask! Protect our pet companions from these little nuisances. 

Pain in the Foot

June 13, 2017

Pain in the foot!

Ever heard of a grass awn, or a cheat seed? This time of year we see so many dogs affected by these tiny sharp grass seeds. Long-haired dogs are more commonly affected because these seeds get attached to the hair and burrow in until they reach the skin. If you're like me, they get stuck in your socks occasionally and you have to stop and pick them out because they are very pokey. What you probably don't realize is how aggressive these things can be! They can actually burrow so deep into your dog's skin that they can cause abscesses & lameness. Dogs that hunt or are outdoors also have an increased risk of breathing them in and getting one stuck in their nose or lungs. This can cause pneumonia and more severely, death. Most commonly these seeds get stuck in between the dogs toes and cause a small blister. I encourage dog owners to keep an eye on their dogs feet, underarms, and ears this summer as we have already seen several cases that involve these seeds. I have pictured the seeds below as well as a few pictures of what a dog's foot looks like when they have one stuck in their skin.