FLEAS…SIMPLY AN ANNOYANCE?

To shed some light on the significance of fleas, it might help to define them. Fleas are parasites that live exclusively by consuming blood from a host…for our purposes, that host is your cat or dog! The CDC has recently issued a warning that vector borne illnesses are dramatically on the rise. Vectors of most concern are ticks, mosquitos, and fleas. Since fleas seem to “fly under the radar” when it comes to disease transmission concerns, we thought it wise to take a look at the health threats they represent.   Diseases Carried By Fleas: Plague – yes, as in
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CUSHING’S DISEASE…

Cushing’s disease occurs most frequently in middle aged to older dogs, and is the result of an overproduction of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a highly beneficial hormone, produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress. For a dog, that stress can be something as simple as a trip to the vet’s office. Under normal circumstances, a low level of cortisol is released triggering bodily changes that support the dog’s metabolism and immune system through the period of perceived crisis. Once balance is restored, cortisol levels drop naturally. Chronically elevated levels of cortisol can be caused by a malfunctioning
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IS IT SAFE TO SHARE…?

What’s more natural than sharing our favorite foods with our “best friends?” Unfortunately, some of our go-to favorites can have dire consequences for our pets. Knowing what’s safe and what’s an absolute “no-no” is vital! While most people worry about dogs because of their natural quest for table scraps, cats should be protected from these foods as well. Let’s look at some foods you should NEVER share with your furry BFFs: CHOCOLATE…most people have heard that you don’t give chocolate to your pets, but they may not know why. Chocolate contains “theobromine” which is found in cola, tea, and acai
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