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    What Causes Canine Parvovirus?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Parvovirus is a disease that affects a dog’s immune and digestive systems. It is an extremely contagious and serious illness that should be addressed by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

    Dogs can contract parvovirus when they come into contact with the droppings of an infected dog. Puppies are more susceptible to parvovirus infection that adult dogs, especially if they have not yet completed their full series of vaccines. Parvovirus is difficult to eliminate and can survive outside the body for years. You can learn more about preventing infection and spotting the signs of parvovirus in your dog by watching this video.                                    

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital provides comprehensive veterinary care for pets in Lake Mary, FL. If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health, contact a veterinarian by calling (407) 792-3322. Check out our blog to learn more about common illnesses that affect cats and dogs. 

    Seasonal Dangers That Could Put Your Pet at Risk

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The holiday season is a time of celebration with family and friends. While you enjoy this special time of the year, it’s important to remember to take precautions for your pet’s safety. Removing or avoiding hazards will ensure that you and your pet can both enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. 

    Holiday Decorations

    Festive decorations can pose a hazard if your pet eats them or becomes tangled. When decorating your tree, place breakable or small ornaments near the top where your pet cannot reach them. Avoid using tinsel, as it can cause serious damage to your pet’s intestines if consumed. Many holiday plants are toxic to dogs and cats, including lilies, pine needles, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias. Keep these plants well out of reach or purchase fake plants to ensure your pet’s safety.

    Holiday Foods

    It can be tempting to offer your dog or cat a treat during a holiday party, but many human foods cause illness when consumed by animals. Chocolate can cause sickness in dogs ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to heart problems and seizures. Refrain from feeding your pet leftover bones or fat trimmings as well. Bones are a choking hazard and sharp pieces may damage your pet’s stomach or intestines if swallowed. Fat and trimmings can cause a condition called pancreatitis, which causes abdominal inflammation and pain.

    Holiday Lighting

    Strings of lights can pose a choking or electrocution hazard to your pet if not handled safely. Affix all lights well out of your pet’s reach and inspect wires for signs of fraying. Never leave candles unattended or in areas where your pet can easily reach them. Curious dogs and cats may knock over candles, spilling hot wax and risking burns.

    The staff of Lake Emma Animal Hospital wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Call us at (407) 792-3322 for full-service veterinary care including immunizations, laser surgery, pain management, and pet dental care. We also offer boarding and bathing services in Lake Mary, Florida. Click through our website for more pet health tips and information!

    Understanding Addison's Disease in Dogs

    Last updated 4 months ago

    As the head of the family, it is your job to keep an eye on the health and wellbeing of the other members of your family. This includes your children as well as your furry children; also know as your pets! Finding a great veterinarian can help you keep your pets safe and healthy for years to come.

    Visiting a veterinarian is important for finding the cause for common ailments experienced by dogs. This can include issues such as vomiting, shaking, low body temperature, lack of appetite, and other concerns. While these symptoms can be signs of many different health problems, they are also signs commonly associated with Addison’s disease. This disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism or adrenal insufficiency, is a disorder that occurs when adrenal glands do not produce the proper amount of hormones. This disorder affects the endocrine system and can be fatal without the right help.

    If you think your dog may be suffering from Addison’s disease, you can get the help you need at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Discover the services offered by our veterinarians by calling us today at (407) 792-3322. 

    Signs Your Cat is Overweight

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Are you a cat person? These critters make for great companions, which is why so many people consider their cats to be members of their families! Visiting the veterinarian is important for keeping your cat healthy and making sure she maintains an appropriate weight. Look for these signs to find out if you need to schedule a trip to the vet:

    You Can’t Feel Her Ribs or Backbone

    If you can see your cat’s ribs or backbone, it may be a sign that she is actually underweight. These bones should not be visible, but you should be able to feel them when you pet your cat. Pet your cat to see if you can easily feel these bones. If you cannot, your cat may be overweight.

    She Doesn’t Have an Hourglass Shape

    Cats that fall within the normal weight range tend to have hourglass shape figures. Pet owners can see these figures when they stand over their cats and look down at them. Stand over your cat to get a good look at her shape. If your cat’s stomach bulges out instead of creating the right shape, she may need to lose weight for her health.

    Her Stomach is Close to the Ground

    Looking at your cat’s stomach is one of the easiest ways to determine if she is overweight. Many cats lose a bit of muscle after spaying or neutering, which can result in a saggy-looking stomach. But if your cat’s stomach reaches the ground, it may be a sign that she is overweight and needs a lifestyle change.

    Your Veterinarian Expresses Concerns

    Cats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which is why it is difficult for many pet owners to determine if their cats are overweight or fall within the normal range. If you think your cat has a weight problem, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. This professional knows the signs to look for to determine whether or not cats have weight problems.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you keep your cat in great shape. Give us a call at (407) 792-3322 to learn about our animal hospital and get more information about your cat’s health.

    Caring for a Senior Dog

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Nothing is better than spending time with your dog! These furry family members bring joy and excitement to the house, which is why we love them well into their senior years. If your dog is currently entering his senior years, it is important to know what type of care and support he will need.

    As you will see in this video, senior dogs are at risk for developing a number of health issues. This list includes dental disease, cancer, thyroid problems, diabetes, liver problems, and much more. Scheduling regular visits with your veterinarian is essential for keeping your senior dog as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

    Make sure your dog gets the care he needs by working with the experts at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Contact us at (407) 792-3322 for information about our animal hospital treatments and pet boarding services.

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