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Disease Education, Testing, and Prevention

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Canine Diseases


Rabies is a serious viral infection that can cause erratic behavior and aggression. Rabies can be transferred to humans. A rabies vaccination for your dog is required by law. Contact our pet clinic or veterinary hospitals for more specific information on any of these diseases.


This contagious and serious viral illness has no known cure, which makes it even more vital to have a vaccine that combats it.


This viral infection is actually caused by two related viruses, and it mainly affects the liver.


This bacterial infection affects a dog’s kidneys and liver. It can also infect humans, cows, dogs, pigs, and other mammals. It is a zoonotic disease.


This virus can cause upper respiratory infections in dogs.


This is a severe and fatal virus that affects the lining of the intestinal tract.


Similar to Parvovirus, it can be very severe; however, it has a somewhat different effect on the intestinal tract and is generally not considered fatal. It is more serious in puppies than adult dogs.


Kennel cough, the common name that is given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a very contagious respiratory disease among dogs.

K-9 Influenza

Canine influenza is a newly emerging infectious disease commonly referred to as “Dog Flu.” Just like human flu is among humans, canine influenza is highly contagious among dogs. In fact, unless a dog has already had the illness and recovered, virtually every dog exposed to the virus will become infected. This is because the virus is relatively new (it was first reported in 2003), and dogs have no natural immunity to it. K-9 Influenza H3N8 has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the severity of the influenza and the length of time that a dog is sick.


One of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. Transmission of the disease has been reported in dogs throughout the United States but is most prevalent in the upper Midwestern states, the Atlantic seaboard, and the Pacific coastal states.

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Feline Diseases


Rabies is a serious viral infection that can cause erratic behavior and aggression. Rabies can be transferred to humans.


This is an upper respiratory infection of cats causing one-half of the respiratory diseases in cats. FVR is the most important of these diseases and is found worldwide. FVR is very contagious and can cause severe disease, including death from pneumonia in young kittens.


It is one of the most important viral causes of respiratory infections in cats. Most cats are exposed to this virus at some time in their lives. Once infected, many cats never completely rid themselves of the virus. These carrier cats either continuously or intermittently shed organisms for long periods of time, perhaps for life, and serve as a major source of infection to other cats.


This is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease of cats. The virus is extremely hardy, is able to survive extremes of temperature and humidity for many months, and is resistant to most available disinfectants.


This is a bacterial infection that causes cats to suffer feline chlamydiosis, which looks like conjunctivitis and an upper respiratory infection. It is not life threatening.

Feline Leukemia (FeLv)

This is the leading viral killer of cats. The virus is spread from cat-to-cat through bite wounds, through casual contact with an infected cat, and from an infected mother cat to her kittens. The most at risk are outdoor cats, indoor/outdoor cats, and cats living in households with FeLV-infected cats or with cats of unknown infection status.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Cats that carry any coronavirus are potentially at risk for developing FIP. However, cats with weak immune systems are most likely to develop the disease, including kittens, cats already infected with feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and geriatric cats. Most cats that develop FIP are under two years of age, but cats of any age may develop the disease.

A complete safety and wellness program for your cat consists of:

An Felv test
The use of a broad-spectrum dewormer
The use of a monthly flea control product
Strict upkeep of vaccinations and Immunizations
Microchipping and registration of your animal

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Fecal Examinations

A fecal exam is one of the strongest weapons a pet owner has in keeping their pets healthy. Early detection of parasitic infections through regular fecal examinations will allow for the best possible treatment options.

Zoonotic Disease and Parasites

Illnesses that are passed between animals and humans are known as zoonotic diseases. Zoonosis is disease transmission between species. There are several persistent zoonotic diseases and parasites that crop up in the United States (and are often more frequent in warm climates). It’s a good idea to be familiar with the risks and symptoms of each.

Recent studies show that 19% of dogs were infected with hookworms and that 20% of public soil samples were contaminated with intestinal parasite eggs.

The ascarid of cats, T. cati, can also cause disease in humans. When the eggs are accidentally ingested, they hatch, and infective-stage larvae migrate through human liver, lungs, and other organs and tissues where they produce damage and induce allergic responses. Infection may leave children with permanent visual or neurologic damage.

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Heartworm Testing

Heartworm tests are vital to keep your pet healthy and strong. Not knowing the status of your pet’s heart health can be a deadly oversight.

Stop the Heartworm Cycle

Your pet receives heartworms from insects that have previously bitten other infected animals. The only way to break the cycle and keep your pet’s heart healthy is to use a trusted heartworm preventative.

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Flea Control

One of the most common and treatable parasites affecting pets and their owners is the flea. Fleas carry numerous diseases and can cause severe discomfort for a pet and its owner. Regular use of a simple flea control can prevent infestation on your pet and in your home.

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HomeAgain Microchip Service

A pet microchip creates a forever bond between you and the pet you love. And together with the HomeAgain pet recovery system, you’ll give your pet the best chance of coming back home to you.

HomeAgain microchips include:

Lifetime Registry in HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database

HomeAgain microchips are designed to last your pet’s entire lifetime, and they link to a permanent listing in their national lost pet database. This means anytime/anywhere pet recovery service—no matter how far your lost pet has traveled.

HomeAgain Microchips also include the following in your first year of service:

Lost Pet Specialists

The HomeAgain call center is staffed with Lost Pet Specialists trained to help pet owners cope with the stress of losing a pet. Trained professionals are available 24/7 to send out Lost Pet Alerts and personally guide you through the emotional process of finding your lost pet.

Rapid Lost Pet Alerts

When your pet goes missing, the HomeAgain lost pet network is on the lookout for your missing family member. They send out rapid Lost Pet Alerts to members of their Pet Recovery Network within a 25-mile radius from where your pet went missing.

24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline

HomeAgain is committed to protecting your pet with 24-hour pet emergency services. Call their ASPCA veterinarian-staffed pet emergency hotline for help anytime a medical emergency strikes!

Travel Assistance for Found Pets

HomeAgain knows just how far lost pets can travel. Their pet transport services will cover up to $500 to fly your found dog or cat home when they are discovered over 500 miles away from home.

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