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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fleas and Ticks  
 
I’m grateful to live in Southern California where our generally arid climate doesn’t support the lifecycle of fleas, ticks, and other arthropods as well as parts of the country that are more humid and commensurately warm.  As a result, fleas and ticks don’t thrive as well and infestations can be isolated to regional pockets where there is sufficient humidity, animals on which to attain blood meals (like our pets), and general lack of sanitary measures to keep their populations at a minimum.
 
Having lived and practiced in the Washington, DC area, I’ve seen my fair share of severe ailments affecting my canine and feline patients that otherwise could have been avoided via topical and oral preventatives and lifestyle modifications.  Prevention is always the best medicine, as sometimes health problems caused by flea and tick-borne diseases can be irreversible, severely compromising to a pet’s quality of life (and an owner’s wallet), and potentially fatal.
 
I recently had the opportunity to contribute to an article about these pesky creatures for PetCoach author Paula Fitzsimmons.  Learn more by clicking on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fleas and Ticks and please share it with your fellow pet aficionados.  Feel free to contribute your perspective in the Comments section.
 

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney Talks the Dangers of Pentobarbital in Pet Food on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy

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Commercially-available pet foods and treats are recalled for a variety of reasons with some reasons having major health implications for our companion animals.  One shocking reason for recall is the discovery of the drug Pentobarbital.     In 2017 a family of five dogs in one household started showing sudden-onset neurologic signs shortly after consuming […]

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I recently had the unique experience of having two of my clients discuss my role as their veterinarian on a major media outlet. Rich Eisen has been a client of mine for many years and I have greatly enjoyed working with his family to care for his dogs over the years. For full disclosure, I’m […]

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Memorial for Bird the Affenpinscher

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A very unique patient of mine named Bird recently passed away.  Bird was an older Affenpinscher who I got to know during the later years of her life.  Bird was a special find for her owner through Petfinder.com, as the Affenpinscher is not a breed that commonly ends up in pet rescues. Although I only […]

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney Weighs in on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction for People.com

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Are you aware that just like people, older dogs can develop various degrees of decline in their brain function that can negatively impact their quality of life?  Doggie dementia is a real thing and well known in the veterinary community as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD).   Beyond being older, there’s not one specific reason why […]

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