What You Need to Know about Parvovirus

Last September, we shared the news of a parvovirus outbreak in New Jersey. We just caught wind that several dogs in Virginia Beach have tested positive for the acute virus, which is shed in dog feces for a few weeks after infection.

When we talked about parvovirus last time, we mentioned that it can be a concern all year round, but it’s more often spread in the warmer months. Officials in Virginia Beach are saying that it’s spreading especially early this year.

parvovirus dogRead on to see our previous post, find out about symptoms and learn how you can protect your dog from parvovirus.

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Calling All Big Dog Lovers: Get Ready for Bark Madness 2.0!

large dog bark madnessAre you into March Madness? It’s OK if not. We’ve got our own version designed to get pet lovers into the bracket scene, and to support rescue pups across the nation. That’s right: it’s time for Bark MADNESS!

Pet Naturals® of Vermont and VetriScience® L aboratories are joining forces for the 2nd annual Bark Madness Breed Challenge. The round of 32 will begin at 10:00 AM EST on Monday March 23rd, and will end whenever the 2015 Bark Madness winner is finally crowned.

This year’s focus is on large breed dogs and the shelters that help them find forever homes. The Final Four of the bracket will each receive a master case of Daily Best XL from Pet Naturals® of Vermont!

That’s almost $4000 dollars worth of product for each of the top four winners.

The Bark Madness winner will also get to choose a case of any VetriScience® product, which shelters can use to help support their dogs’ health as they head toward adoption, as raffle prizes to raise money, or as a gift for dogs who are off to their forever homes.

Want to get in on the fun? Here’s all you have to do to play: Matchups will be found here each day. Pet Naturals® will also post those matchups on Facebook.To vote, comment below the matchup with your choice of breed. You can vote on each matchup until 11:59pm the day it is posted.

To earn extra points: “Like” the VetriScience® page and comment with the name of a shelter you love. As long as it isn’t already one of our final four in the bracket, that shelter will become eligible for the honorable mention prize.

The bracket will be updated each day. You can follow along here.

Let us know what you think of Bark Madness by playing starting this Monday!

 

Dogs, Cats and Toxic Household Plants: Know Your Botany

Because animals are curious creatures and humans are creatures that celebrate beauty, striking a balance in the household can be difficult, especially when it comes to balancing dogs, cats and toxic household plants. 

33189013_lToxic plants are a serious problem for the animal world. Just as you might unknowingly grab a red berry off a vine only to end up in the hospital hours later, your cats and dogs may sneak a nibble of your favorite leafy green only to end up—where else? The vet’s office.

So what can you do to protect your pets?

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What is this Lump on my Dog? It Could Be a Wart!

Hadley doesn’t have many medical issues. She’s a bit excitable occasionally, but this little Husky isn’t known for constant vet trips. So when Adrienne, her mom, found a funky lump on Monday night, it was a rush trip to see her trusted vet advisor, Viola Chu, DVM, CVA, at River Cove in Williston, VT.

Dr. Chu identified the little lump quickly: it was a wart.grossness

And that’s more common than you might think. Dr. Chu says she most often sees these growths in poodles and cocker spaniels – anecdotally, they’re found more in smaller breeds—and Hadley was a rare visit.

But, she assures us, owners shouldn’t really be concerned. “It’s mostly cosmetic. General rule of thumb we tell people: if any growth starts growing or changing quickly, then let us know,” Dr. Chu says.

In answer to the big question “Can dogs pass these warts to humans?” Dr. Chu says that one type of wart, viral papilloma, is contagious from dog to dog, but not dog to human. Most visits, though, are a result of an owner spotting the non-viral type.

“We won’t remove them unless they’re causing a problem; for example, if they’re in a location where the dog is catching them on something and it’s causing bleeding or pain,” Dr. Chu notes.

In short, dog warts, at least the common kind, aren’t a really big deal. But if they grow or change it’s always best to get a quick look from your vet.

Has your dog ever had warts? Were they viral or non? Share with us in a comment!mosquitoes-and-dogs

6 Unexpected Truths About Owning a Dog

new dogWhen you adopt or find your first dog, you’re on top of the world. You have what you’ve always wanted: a snuggle buddy, a travel companion, a loyal friend on four legs. But there’s a lot about dog ownership that comes with the territory—and for you, it’s unfamiliar territory. Here are 6 truths about being a pet parent you might not expect—but should.

1. You spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning up bodily fluids, and solids.

Your dog will poop, pee and yes, vomit. He’ll do it in the yard, maybe in the car, maybe on the carpet. It doesn’t really matter where he does it—you have to clean it up. And the amount of time you’ll spend doing that is quite high, given the frequency. The real shift in expectation there is this: you can’t predict when and where it will happen, so you’ll need to be ready at all times.

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Can You See With Your Nose? Your Dog Can!

We ran across this clever video that explains exactly why the way your dog smells is so much more effective than our own methods, and couldn’t help but share. Whether you attribute the natural talent to stereo smelling or the shapes of their noses, there’s no doubt: for our pups, the nose really does know.

In the world of pet families, there are a lot of questions. Why does my dog eat my underwear? Why does my cat lick plastic bags? Where does my cat bury his kills? And of course: why is my dog’s nose shaped like that, anyway?

The answer to the last one is actually pretty simple.

You know how the nose has large, round nostrils in the center that thin out into small flaps toward the outside of the nose? That shape is a design that helps dogs always get a fresh breath.

On the inhale, a dog takes air in through those large nostrils, filtering out thousands of scents. On the exhale, the nostrils shut more and air is pushed out through the side flaps – so the round part stays clean and ready to pull out all the nuances of the next inhale’s air. Pretty brilliant functionality, if you ask us.

 

NAVC 2015 Recap

It’s now been almost a week since our team came back from sharing some amazing moments with the vet world at NAVC in Florida – and we already can’t wait to go back in 2016.

NAVC 2015This year, the VetriScience® booth featured exclusive, vet-developed Pro-Line products and some new information about patented ingredients that had attendees buzzing.

It also featured our incredible team of representatives who got some excellent feedback from vet student attendees. They noted that taking the time to explain and teach about the ingredients was a deciding factor in VetriScience’s ability to make a difference at the show.

For our part, we noticed quite a bit of interest in some specific health categories at the show, including digestive (probiotics) and dental.

(We also couldn’t help but notice the extreme popularity of our slap bracelet USBs that include the new Pro-Line materials.)

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get Pro-Line products for your pet exclusively from your veterinarian, click here.

Did you attend NAVC 2015? What information did you find valuable? We’d love to hear from you in a comment.

Dogs in the Bed: Health Risks or Must Haves?

dog bed shareThe cold weather here has us thinking about alternative ways to stay warm. Do you let your dogs sleep in your bed? Ask any dog owner and you’ll find that the subject is hotly debated. Some owners love the feeling of a pup breathing next to them while they sleep. Others believe no dog should rule the roost in this fashion.

We’re looking a bit deeper than opinion, at the possible health risks or benefits that come with a canine bedtime companion.

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Periodontal Disease and Your Pet: The Facts

periodontal diseaseHeading into February, we tend to pay special attention to pet dental health—because it’s Pet Dental Health Awareness Month.

Realistically, though, dental health is important all year round, and a clean mouth, or a dirty one, can affect many of your pet’s organs.

 

In fact, periodontal disease can cause serious long-term health concerns if left untreated. And it’s surprisingly common.

That’s why it’s valuable to know these facts—today and always – about periodontal disease. If nothing else, this knowledge will motivate you to follow up with regular cleanings – an important part of the dental health equation.

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