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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.

THE NEW FACE OF RAT POISON

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

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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Bordetella

“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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What food should I be feeding my pet?

What food should I be feeding my pet? This is one of the most common and the most frustrating question for all pet owners. The pet food industry is a multimillion dollar business and each company tries to make their food the most appealing to you as a pet owner. There are so many choices on the market today so what should you buy? Reading the label can help. Here are some common myths that are promoted by these companies.

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