RVVS Blog


03
Apr 2016
Preventing Lyme Disease

Ticks are nasty little critters, causing problems for both animals and humans. One of the most famous dangers associated with ticks is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick (or black-legged tick) and the western black-legged tick. These ticks are quite small and hard to spot by humans. Not all of these ticks carry Lyme disease, and even if they do, not all hosts will be affected by it. Still, it’s best to assume that no tick is safe and to avoid them if at all possible. An easy......

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03
Apr 2016
Heartworm Heartache

Heartworm is a serious, even potentially fatal disease that is transmitted to dogs and cats when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Like many diseases, heartworm may have few, if any, symptoms during its earliest stages. But once the infection takes hold, dog parents are likely to notice their pup having a persistent cough, being reluctant to exercise or play, and being winded after physical activity. Infected dogs may also have a decreased appetite, leading to weight loss. As the disease progresses, the dog may have a swollen belly due to......

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17
Mar 2016
Mystery of Bear’s Swollen Face

Bear is a handsome, ten year old Chocolate Labrador that came to see us for evaluation of his swollen face. The entire left side of his face was puffy and uncomfortable. When we were unable to find a trauma or known insect bite we started treatment to decrease the swelling. The next day the swelling around his muzzle and eyes was better but a firm swelling/lump remained under his left eye. He is an older lumpy guy but this lump was new. The swelling decreased and he was doing better. He was......

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11
Mar 2016
Persistent Protection

One of the most common questions we get regarding flea and tick preventives is whether they’re needed year-round. The short answer is yes, but here’s some explanation as to why. It goes without saying that pet families who live in milder climates are exposed to the problematic parasites year-round as it rarely, if ever, gets cold enough to kill them. But even if you live in an area with harsh winters, it’s a game of chance taking your pet pals off their parasite preventives. Although fleas will usually die after about 10......

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