Categories for Common Medical Problems

Heartworms, Fleas, Ticks……..They’re Here Now!

May 16, 2017

While we have all been complaining about the spring weather that just didn’t seem to want to show up, thoughts of fleas, ticks and the diseases they carry have very much been in the background. Of course there have been some occasional pockets of these nasty little pests but by in large we have gotten away with a March (very cold), April (very warm but often dry) and early May (cold and nasty) that have kept the insect population at bay. Well, things have now changed. Today it is in the mid 70’s, tomorrow the mid 80’s and Thursday perhaps... View Article

Do my Pets Need Flea or Tick Products in the Winter?

February 10, 2017

This is a question we often get asked. The answer… depends. Not a very helpful answer, to be sure, but there are a few qualifiers to help you make the decision. Let’s assume we’re talking about this winter in New England. The following comments may help you to decide. Q. Are ticks the more predominant pest that affects your pet? A. If the answer is yes, then keep in mind that currently we have several inches of snow on the ground throughout New England. Since ticks tend to be less active in the winter and burrow into the ground, a... View Article

When Animal Diseases Mimic Human and Vice Versa

August 29, 2016

Many conditions that we see in our pets also affect humans. The “One Health Initiative” is a movement which links veterinarians and physicians in the study of the connection between human diseases, animal diseases and the environment. It is an extraordinary undertaking to see what we can learn from our pets in understanding the cause of disease, how it manifests itself and how that can bring about change in human medicine. Consider the following. Some of you may remember the posts regarding the pilot study that we undertook in attempting to treat chronic and debilitating kidney disease with light... View Article

Heat, Humidity, “Sick” Cats and Dogs

August 4, 2016

Much is written every year regarding the dangers surrounding hot weather and the possibility of heat stroke in dogs and cats. We are all well aware of the risks of leaving a pet in a car during the summer months even if the car is parked in the shade and the windows are left down. But with the extremes of weather in New England this summer, we are witnessing an additional aspect of heat and pet behavior that appears to be considerably more common. Frequently, clients have been describing their pets as “lethargic, disinterested and having less of an appetite.... View Article

Fleas, Ticks and the Diseases they Carry

June 23, 2016

Although the object of the Brockton Animal Hospital posts is to inform the pet owning public about important issues regarding their pet companions, it often seems that the subjects are a bit scary. Though not the intent to frighten, describing newly recognized, or more frequently diagnosed diseases does exactly that. We apologize but there are two conditions we seem to see more and more commonly in both dogs and cats. Anaplasma, a bacteria that is transmitted by ticks and Bartonella is a bacteria of which the most common strain is carried by fleas. Anaplsmosis is a problem frequently diagnosed in... View Article

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