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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.

Heat Exhaustion

Warmer spring weather naturally means more walks outside and more trips to the dog park. You still may need a light jacket, but your dog can be at risk of heat exhaustion even in cooler weather, especially if there are humid conditions and/or he is an “at-risk” breed! After being used to winter temperatures, their bodies are not yet acclimated to play and exercise that can increase body temperature. Dogs are unable to sweat like us so it is harder to cool themselves. Hyperthermia, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke are life-threatening conditions and can cause multi-organ failure- here is what you should know:

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In 2008, the EPA planned a restriction on second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poison). Anticoagulants prevent the blood from clotting properly and lead to death if not treated. They also instituted that bait must be in bait stations. The reasoning behind this move from the EPA was intended to decrease accidental poisoning in wildlife, pets and children which is commendable.

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Leptospirosis is a disease caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochete. These bacteria are found in many different species of animals, including both wildlife and domesticated animals. An animal with an active Leptospirosis infection can shed the bacteria in the urine, which can then be ingested by our pets – usually by drinking from contaminated water sources.

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Xylitol In Peanut Butter

New Xylitol Product to be Aware of! Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol sweetener that most owners are now aware is dangerous to their dogs. It is commonly found in sugar-free gum and candy… but Peanut Butter?!?

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“Kennel Cough” is the common term for a combination of respiratory tract infectious grouped under the heading Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB.) The most common symptom of ITB is a dry, honking cough – sometimes severe enough to make a patient gag or vomit. Some dogs may develop nasal discharge and sneezing, and the most severely affected can develop infection in the lungs producing pneumonia. There are at least eight different infectious causes of Kennel Cough:

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Canine Influenza: Should you be worried?

Canine influenza virus was first identified in racing greyhounds in Florida in 2005. Since that time it has been identified in numerous parts of the country, and is most commonly seen in dogs that are housed in large groups – shelters, boarding facilities, daycares, etc. Just like the flu in humans, it is pretty easy to spread canine flu from one infected dog to another. It can be spread via aerosol (droplets from coughing or sneezing), direct contact, or through contaminated surfaces. Luckily, the virus is not very hardy, and can easily be killed with bleach and other common disinfectants. Even without disinfectants it can only survive for about one week outside the body.

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Fall/ Winter Safty Tips

Protect your pets from changes which come along with the changes in the seasons of the year. It is the fall-winter changes which we will discuss. Toxic products can be very dangerous to your family’s best friend. There are many conditions that could be life-threatening.

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Cruciate Ligament injuries

The cranial (CCL) and caudal cruciate ligaments are in the stifle or knee joint of dogs and cats. This joint is in the back legs and is the one below the hip, connecting the femur to the tibia/fibula. The Cranial Cruciate Ligament in the dogs and cats is the same as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) in humans.

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