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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.

Factoids about Lyme disease

Factoids about Lyme disease Things you may or may not know about Lyme Disease.

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Spring and Easter Precautions

It’s finally Spring and Easter is just around the corner. Unfortunately, this can also mean new dangers to your pets. Lillies, Chocolate, Sugar-free Gum and Candy, Easter Grass, Buying Bunnies

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Canine Flu

Canine Flu is a respiratory viral disease found in dogs that causes mild symptoms in 50-80% of those infected and severe signs, even death, in less than 1%. It is highly contagious and is spread in the same manner as other flu viruses via aerosol droplets and direct contact. As there is no natural immunity, all dogs exposed will get the virus, but 20% will show no signs. Humans cannot be infected by it

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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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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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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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