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Dog Health 101


GIARDIA
Giardia are protozoa (one-celled organisms) that live in the small intestine of dogs and cats. A dog becomes infected by eating the cyst form of the parasite. In the small intestine, the cyst opens and releases an active form called a trophozoite. These have flagella, hair-like structures that whip back and forth allowing them to move around. They attach to the intestinal wall and reproduce by dividing in two. After an unknown number of divisions, at some stage, in an unknown location, this form develops a wall around itself (encysts) and is passed in the feces. The Giardia in the feces can contaminate the environment and water and infect other animals and people.
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BLOAT- "CANINE EMERGENCY"
Bloat is a very serious health risk for many dogs, yet many dog owners have never heard of it. Bloat can occur in two forms: gastric dilatation (swelling of the stomach from gas); or, gastric dilatation with volvulus, i. e., torsion, which occurs when the stomach twists on its axis. Often, both forms of bloat occur in a single episode with the second form quickly following the first. When this happens, BLOAT is fatal in minutes.
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INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS (CANINE COUGH)
Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough, is caused by a bacterial organism (which is what bordetella is), or can be caused by a virus (Canine adenovirus (hepatitis virus) or the parainfluenza virus), and is spread through the upper respiratory fluids of coughing dogs. Commonly seen in grouped dogs (kennel, animal shelter, dog show), and can affect any dog unvaccinated.
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DOG WARTS
A dog wart is considered the singular form of papillomas, occurring as a lone bump in an isolated area of the body. Papillomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that commonly occur in clumps and resemble the scales of a fish.Papillomas can often be found on young puppies and tend to take on a unique appearance mirroring tufts of cauliflower. This may look a bit scarier than it actually is, but should be closely observed.
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BUFO FROG
Bufo toads are a threat to Florida dogs. They generally come out at night, and are especially prevalent in wet weather. Bufo's produce toxins from the parotid glands (located behind the head) that affect two major organ systems
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