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Canine Babesiosis: An Emerging Threat to UK Dogs

Dermacentor reticulatus causes canine babesiosis

Canine babesiosis is a parasitic disease caused by infection with Babesia spp. Ticks carrying the Babesia parasite transmit it to dogs when they fed on their blood. Babesia infection leads to babesiosis. Until recently, this disease was rare in the UK, although commonly found across Europe and Central America. The main species currently affecting dogs in the UK is Babesia Canis. Babesia infects red blood cells, leading …

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Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms & Treatment

lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease in dogs was first discovered in 1984. It is a disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks transmit these bacteria when they feed. The primary vector is the tick species Ixodes. Lyme disease can affect many animals, including dogs and humans. The number of tick-related infections is increasing each year. A warming climate and the migration of people is helping spread ticks and …

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How to Remove a Tick from a Dog

How to remove a tick from a dog

Searches for ‘How to Remove a Tick from a Dog’ peak each Spring. This is the time when tick infestations increase. High humidity and lots of rainfall make tall vegetation a perfect place for ticks to thrive. Dogs can pick up ticks from vegetation during walks or even from the garden. Ticks can spread disease such as Lyme Disease or babesiosis. …

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Xylitol and Dogs: The Emerging Sweetener Proven to be Toxic

Xylitol - the toxic sweetener

The toxic relationship between xylitol and dogs has become more of a problem over the last few years. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that is harmless to humans but is toxic to dogs. As xylitol has gained popularity as a food additive, the number of cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs has increased. Xylitol is similar to sugar, but has fewer calories, a much …

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13 Popular but Toxic Plants for Cats

Tulips in vase

It’s Poison Prevention Week, so we’re looking at common pet poisons found around the home. In this article, we’re looking at ornamental plants that are poisonous to cats. Below is our roundup of the 13 most toxic plants for cats. See also our top 10 cat poisons roundup. Ornamental plants can be found in homes across the nation. They help reduce stress, promote well-being and improve …

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10 Cat Poisons That May Surprise You

common cat poisons

It’s Poison Prevention Week, so we’re going to be looking at pet poisons found around the home. In this article, we’re listing some of the more common poisons that affect cats. Below is our roundup of the ten most common cat poisons. See our top 10 dog poisons. The 10 Most Reported Cat Poisons Dog Flea Products (Permethrin) Flea and tick products marketed for dogs …

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