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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

Understanding Infectious Canine Hepatitis

5/31/2016

Infectious canine hepatitis is a highly contagious disease that primarily affects puppies under one year old and unvaccinated adult dogs. It's not as common in the United States as it is in other countries, but it's still important to know the symptoms and prevent your dog from acquiring it. This condition causes damage to a dog's liver, spleen, kidneys, eyes, and lungs. Infection can range from mild to severe or even death in extreme cases. 
 
The virus canine adenovirus-1 is responsible for causing a full-blown case of infectious canine hepatitis. Dogs can pick up the virus through direct contact with the urine, feces, or saliva of another infected dog. It can be as simple as being near a dog with the disease who sneezed or eating from the bowl that an infected dog licked clean. The virus incubates for up to 10 days and then enters the new dog's bloodstream. 

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Planning a Successful Move with Pets by Car

5/23/2016

There is a good reason that May is National Moving Month. Millions of Americans move between Memorial Day and Labor Day, making this period of less than four months the busiest moving season of the year. Sadly, moving is the top reason that people surrender dogs and cats to animal shelters. Many are renters whose new landlords don't allow pets. Although it is sometimes challenging, you can find a new home that welcomes every member of your family if you're determined to do so.

Once you have secured new housing, it's important to consider your pet when planning the move. Both dogs and cats thrive on routine and can experience considerable stress due to all the changes. The anxiety can be especially high for cats who spend most of their time indoors and who may only travel to see the vet once a year.

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Fight Back Against the Pet Obesity Epidemic

4/28/2016

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. This is an alarming trend that has become a national epidemic. The numbers are especially worrisome when a pet reaches the obese category, defined as 30 percent or greater than the ideal body weight for his or her age, gender, breed, and species. 
 
Just like humans, excess weight can cause a host of health problems in pets. Some of these include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Being overweight or obese also affects the quality of life of a companion animal. He may have difficulty breathing or walking, suffer from chronic joint pain, and not engage as much with the family due to a lack of energy. While it might seem obvious that a pet weighs too much, more owners than not fail to recognize it. 

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