Canine Heart Disease Linked to Certain Diets
Veterinary cardiologists have recently seen over 200 cases of a serious heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs that don’t have any of the risk factors usually associated with it.
In fact, for many of them, the only factor they have in common is diet. The associated diets are grain-free diets, diets featuring exotic proteins, and foods created by small boutique companies.
Potential Causes of and Treatments for Itchiness in Pets
The doctors at Earlysville Animal Hospital see itchy pets every day. This is why we’re happy to carry new medications designed to stop itching and help pets get comfortable quickly.
Pets can develop itchiness for a variety of reasons including fleas, mange mites, and infections. However, the most common cause is allergic skin disease which can be triggered by food and environmental factors, such as dust mites and pollen.
New Pet Prescription Rules Effective July 1, 2018
Starting July 1, 2018, we will no longer be able to fill a prescriptions for certain medications here at Earlysville Animal Hospital.
This is due to a change in the state of Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program. This may affect your pet’s prescriptions if they take chronic medications for pain or cough. Some of the medications included in this change are Tramadol, Tussigon, Gabapentin, and medications that contain Codeine.
New Exotic Tick Found in the Area
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has asked us to spread the word about an exotic tick found in our area.
It is a reminder that all dogs and cats who go outside should be on a tick preventative because all ticks can spread serious disease including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Bartonella, and Cytauxzoonosis. Please ask us about safe and effective choices that are available for your pet.
On May 14, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in Virginia. The tick appeared on an orphaned calf on a beef farm in Albemarle County.
In late 2017 H. longicornis was found in New Jersey, but previously was not known to exist in the United States. No known direct link exists from the Virginia farm to the area in New Jersey where the first ticks appeared on a sheep farm. The tick is normally found in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where it is known to transmit both livestock and human disease. Virginia state veterinary officials will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal and industry partners to determine the extent and significance of this finding.
Thanks for Voting us 'Best Veterinary Care'
Earlysville Animal Hospital has won 1st Place for Best Veterinary Care in our annual Reader’s Choice contest 2018.
The doctors and staff would like to send a special thank you to all the readers and loyal clients in the area that voted for us.
We truly do strive to provide the best veterinary care possible, and are so appreciative of your support!
Earlysville Animal Hospital Has a New Email!
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Feel free to give us a call at 434-973-9699 with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you and your pets soon!
Dog Bite Prevention
Did you know that 77% of all dog bites involve children being bitten by their family dog or a friend's family dog? Most of those dog bites can be prevented. It is important that everyone, including children, understand how to safely interact with dogs.
Dogs generally don't like hugs or kisses from children and strangers...and sometimes, not even from their favorite people! We have to learn how to read dog body language and facial language and how to interact with them.
A happy dog is loose and wiggly! Their face is relaxed, they smile with their mouth open, their ears are relaxed and floppy, and their tails are low and waggy. When dogs aren't happy, their body is tense, their mouth is closed, their ears are back and their body is tense.
Protect Your Pets from Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are those pesky little bugs that attack our pets and spread disease. They are plentiful here in central Virginia, especially as the weather begins to warm up, and cause lots of problems for our pets.
At Earlysville Animal Hospital, we have great monthly oral products for dogs to prevent fleas and ticks. For cats, we still need to use either topical products or modern and specialized flea and tick collars. Ask us what parasite preventatives we recommend for your pet!