What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacteria found in the urine of infected wild animals. Dogs can be exposed to that infected urine by swimming or drinking from streams, creeks, and ponds. Dogs can also be infected if the bacteria enters broken skin or through the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, and mouth). The bacteria then travels to the kidneys, where it multiplies and wrecks havoc on the body. It can cause kidney and liver damage, and can lead to organ failure. All in all, this is one nasty bug!   Signs and symptoms can take around 5-14 days to show up. Infected dogs
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Easter Pet Poisons

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop
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Top Ten Emergencies In Cats

Cats often become reclusive and hide when they are not feeling well which makes knowing when they need to be seen by your veterinarian a challenge. They have unique signs and symptoms of emergency conditions that often go unrecognized by their owners. Some injuries are obvious, such as a cat with an open wound, while others have more subtle signs that can be equally deadly if left untreated. Knowing what signs to look for is crucial in determining when to seek emergency care for your cat. Below is a list of some of the most common cat emergencies and their
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