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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fleas and Ticks

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  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 […]

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Tick Borne Disease Awareness and Prevention

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Many pet owners think of ticks as pests affecting pets just during summertime months. Yet, the threat of tick bites and the passage of infectious organisms spread as ticks take blood meals from our pets (or us) is a potential threat besides just during the warmest times of the year. The concern for life-threatening bacterial, […]

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Five Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs

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Did you know that dogs (and cats) can get Lyme Disease? A tick-borne bacteria, Borrelia burgdoferi, is the culprit, so prevention of tick and other insect bites is key to protecting your pet. Learn more about this debiliating and potentially deadly condition via the following lideshow for PetMD: Five Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs […]

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Bot Fly Larvae Are My Zebras

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During veterinary school, there are many illnesses about which we burgeoning doctors are educated. Many are common diseases which we face in clinical practice on a regular basis. Others are less common and are given the nickname “zebras”. I just treated one of these zebras in the form of bot fly (Dermatobia Hominisor) larvae removal […]

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