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Fun Fact Friday: Leptospirosis
1.) Can affect dogs, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs & horses. Signs can be very different in other species.
-Dogs/Cats: Signs include lethargy, anorexia, vomiting & frequent urination. After the infection, bacteria gets in blood & spreads to several organs like the liver & kidneys.
-Horses: It can cause eye inflamation.
-Cattle: It can cause abortion.
2.) Animals become infected through direct contact with contaminated water or soil. Could enter through cuts in the skin or mucus membranes (mouth, eyes, nose). Mostly through drinking contaminated water.
3.)It's a zoonotic disease which means it can be transmitted to humans.
-Transferred to humans through their pets urine. Owner could have pee dribble residue on hands & ingest it orally or through open wounds or membranes.

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Fun Fact Friday!
The Importance of a Urinalysis for your Pet!
1) A urinalysis is a routine test that reports the physical and chemical properties of urine. It is used mainly to assess the health of the kidneys and urinary system, but it can also reveal problems in other organ systems, and is important in diagnosing certain metabolic diseases.
2) There are 3 main ways to collect urine:
a. Free Catch: urine is voided voluntarily by the pet in the usual way and a sample is collected into a sterile container as the pet urinates.
b. Catheterization: a very narrow sterile catheter is passed up the lower urinary passage (called the urethra) into the bladder.
c. Cystocentesis: a sterile needle and syringe are used to collect urine from the bladder.
3) There are 4 parts to a urinalysis:
a. Assess appearance (color and cloudiness)
b. Measure concentration
c. Measure pH and analyze chemical composition
d. Examine the cells and solid material present in the urine using a microscope
4) Several substances can be detected by the chemical analysis of urine including protein, glucose (sugar), ketones and blood. Different levels of these substances can often be used to diagnose a particular problem or infection.
5) As with many tests, the urinalysis is just a reflection of what is going on in the animal's body during a short period of time. In some instances, the results may be different in a few days, or even in 24 hours.

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Help us celebrate PEE DAY! Thursday May 18th. 1 more day!

Testing your pet's urine is a great tool for preventive medicine. Catch early warning signs of possible disease and extend to life of your pet! Often times, our pets can have a urinary tract infection without any signs or symptoms!

**Sample handling: Try and bring in the sample as soon as possible. If you cannot bring it in right away, please refrigerate the sample. Any samples older than 12 hours should be discarded.

***If abnormal results occur, we will recommend an exam with a doctor to discuss a treatment plan to get your pet back on track to being healthy.

Call and ask for more information on how you can celebrate with us.


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Fun Fact Friday!!
Today's topic is sheep:
1- Raising sheep is the oldest organized industry; the domestication of sheep began 10,000 years ago in Central Asia.
2- There are 40 breeds of sheep in the United States and approximately 900 different breeds around the world.
3- Sheep were smuggled into the United States during the 16th and 17th centuries to develop the wool industry.
4- The female sheep is called a "ewe", whereas the male is called either a "ram" or a "buck." A castrated male sheep is often referred to as a "wether," and a young sheep is called a "lamb."
5- Sheep were first used for meat, skin, milk and wool. Today they are still raised for these purposes plus many more.
6- One year's growth of fleece is equivalent to about 8 pounds of wool, and one pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn.
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Fun Fact Friday!

1) Llamas are herbivores. Their diet consists of grass, hay, and grain. For treats, they love cut up apples and carrots.
2) Llamas have 3 stomach compartments and often chew their cud. Cud is partially digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminates to the mouth for further chewing.
3)Llamas are not hoofed animals, they have toenails on each foot and a leathery pad underneath.
4) Lifespan of Llamas typically range between 20 and 30 years.
5) Llamas are known to be animals that spit when provoked or threatened.
6) Llamas are very intelligent, but stubborn animals.


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Fun Fact Friday!!
Heartworm Disease
1) Heartworm Disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets throughout the United States and many other parts of the world.
2) Heartworm Disease is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, often causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Transmission occurs when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then feeds on another animal.
3) The dog is a natural host for heartworms, meaning worms that live inside dogs often mature into adults, mate and produce offspring.
4) The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Heartworm Disease is very uncommon in cats; however, even immature worms cause damage resulting in a rare condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD).
5) Heartworm Disease is easily preventable. There are several different heartworm preventatives available; year-round use is recommended. Please speak with your veterinarian about the best option for you and your pet.
6) The American Heartworm Society suggests annual testing, even when the animal is on year-round preventative, to ensure that the prevention program is working. This test can be done by doing a simple blood draw. Schedule with your veterinarian today!

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Fun Fact Friday:
Here are some tips on finding the right dog food bowl for your fur baby!
1. Elevated feeders are designed for large or tall dogs. These feeders improve comfort and reduce stress and cumulative joint damage in large breed dogs. Raised feeders are also great for dogs recovering from surgery or dogs with 3 legs.
2. Steep sided bowls with narrow openings are great for dogs with long ears, such as a hound dog! These bowls keep those floppy ears from falling into food or water.
3. Shallow bowls are fantastic for short-nosed dogs or puppies. They make it easier for your pet to reach their food; eliminating strain and pressure against the throat.
4. Deep bowls are terrific for long-nosed dogs as they make eating more comfortable by allowing more "nose room".
5. Slow feeder dishes are great for your "starving" pups. Slow feed bowls do just as they say - they slow down your dog's eating while improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

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