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Below you will find a list of articles that we at Limerick Veterinary Hospital feel may benefit our clients and patients.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, and can affect both cats and dogs. The parasite is carried by mosquitoes, and is transmitted to our pets they are bitten by a mosquito that carries it. If a dog or cat becomes infected with heartworms, there can be very serious effects, particularly in their lungs. Unfortunately, there are no outward signs that your dog or cat has been infected with heartworms until the disease is very far advanced. Some dogs with advanced heartworm disease may have decreased energy, weight loss, coughing, or a distended abdomen. Most cats infected with heartworm disease do not show any signs until it is too late – sudden death is most commonly seen in cats infected with heartworm disease.

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What About Ticks?

Ticks are second only to mosquitoes in disease transmission. They act as vectors of many pathogens including protozoa, helminthes, fungi, bacteria, rickettsia and viruses. Furthermore, they may cause toxicosis, hypersensitivity and paralysis as well as blood loss resulting in economic loss due to the reduction of milk and meat production

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture, like all medicine, has been evolving over the last 3,000 years. This energy belief system can now be correlated with our pet’s nervous and circulatory systems via Anatomy and “Western Medicine” techniques. Acupuncture is becoming more popular as an integrative therapy in veterinary medicine, in order to “balance” the body.

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Why are Red eyes an Emergency?

Why am I asked to bring my pet in as an Emergency because of a “Red Eye”? Pets can have “red eyes” for many reasons, but several can affect the integrity of the eye if left untreated. It is best to bring your dog or cat in immediately to have it evaluated.

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Feline Urethral Obstruction

Urethral Obstruction/urinary blockage are a relatively common and life-threatening problem in male cats. The most common signs noted by owners include: lethargy/listlessness, or restlessness; in and out of the litter box; straining to urinate; vomiting; crying while in the litter box. Cats that are completely flat out are in the later stages and are critical emergencies; although, at any stage these cats should be considered an emergency and take to a veterinarian, as soon as possible.

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Click It or Ticket in NJ!

New Jersey drivers can now face fines up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail for carrying an unrestrained pet in their vehicle. Fines range from $250 to $1,000 per pet that is riding unrestrained in a car in New Jersey. The state is cracking down for safety reasons, citing pets as possible projectiles in an automobile accident. The fine could end up costing people more money than if they themselves had not worn a seat belt, according to an article on Comcast.net.

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Scooting

Scooting is known as common complaint given by owners to Veterinarians, groomers, kennel proprietors and others. Everyone would recognize the situation where a dog moves across the floor while in a sitting position. This is to ease irritation around the anal area, also known as the perineum, and I will endeavor to try and explain some causes.

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Summer Vacations

Summer vacations are fast approaching, and whether your pets will be going with you, staying with a sitter, or boarding there are some important documents that you should consider having updated.

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