A Doggone Pain: Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs

intervertebral disc disease in dogsBack problems plague many of us, and our canine companions are not exempt. Sometimes a pinched nerve or a muscle spasm can be a literal pain in the neck, but other times things are more serious.

Intervertebral disc disease in dogs is a fairly common condition that requires timely evaluation and appropriate treatment to get your pet back on their feet. At Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center, we are equipped to do just that.

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Should You Worry About Canine Parvovirus?

parvovirusVaccines are modern marvels responsible for saving innumerable – human and animal – lives. Pet owners committed to the prevention of all sorts of various illnesses have many questions about immunity, severity, risk of exposure, and frequency of vaccinations. We’re always here to assist your dog with advanced care, diagnostics, and treatments, but prevention is the key. Of the infectious diseases, canine parvovirus can be effectively avoided.

Highly Contagious

Most commonly, canine parvovirus infects the digestive system and the immune system. In rare cases, however, the heart of a young puppy can be at risk of attack.

Dogs of all ages and breeds can contract the disease, which is shed in the vomit or stool of an infected dog (and who hasn’t seen a dog sniff or sample another dog’s poop?). Robust enough to survive in the environment for up to a year, canine parvovirus is difficult to eliminate.

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Achoo! Canine Flu and How to Protect Your Pup

veterinarian dogsSince last year’s outbreak in Chicago, canine flu has been on the minds of many pet owners. With the potential to reach epidemic proportions throughout the Midwest, the Canine Influenza Virus/CIV has spread across the United States and is considered very contagious.

Because pups are so friendly, concerned guardians may wonder if it’s safe to take a dog to the park or to other areas with high concentrations of animals. More importantly, you may be asking how this newer strain of CIV threatens your fur friend in general?

Understanding Canine Flu

The original strain of Canine Influenza Virus/CIV H3N8 was first detected in 2004 among a group of greyhounds who were exposed to infected horses. Once thought to be an equine flu, the virus mutated and was able to spread to dogs. Continue…