Colds are passed between people and pets.

The common cold (upper respiratory infection) in people is actually caused by many viruses. In general, the viral symptoms run their course and do not require anything more than optional symptomatic medication, unless complicated by a secondary bacterial invasion. Colds are usually of little concern unless the patient is less resistant to illness. Animals, as […]

Sneezing is a sign of allergy.

Most of the time, excessive sneezing in cats and dogs is a sign of an irritation, inflammation or infection of the upper respiratory system (involving the nasal passages and sinuses). Allergy in cats and dogs more frequently affects the skin or digestive tract. Individuals allergic to seasonal pollens, for example, are more likely to feel […]

Heartworm is detected by analyzing stool samples.

The adult heartworm is a parasitic worm that inhabits the heart chamber. It is not found in the intestine and is not eliminated in feces. To test for heartworm, your veterinarian will recommend an annual or semiannual blood test. There are several different methods of analyzing the blood sample. Prevention is even more important for […]

Intestinal parasites always cause diarrhea and vomiting

In many cases, the presence of intestinal parasites is tolerated by the “host” animal. The worms thrive, robbing the infested dog nutrients. Meanwhile eggs are released through the feces to extend the cycle of infestation to other potential hosts. The animal may not have any signs of gastrointestinal inflammation and may not even appear sick. […]