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Heartworms

By Canine Health
Library Heartworms Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are a blood parasite transmitted to dogs by many species of mosquitos. A female mosquito picks up larvae while feeding on an infected dog. The larvae develops in the mosquito and is then transmitted to another dog when the mosquito...
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Entropion

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Library Entropion What is entropion? Entropion is the inward rolling of the eyelid, most commonly the lower lid. This irritates the surface of the eye (the cornea) and may ultimately cause visual impairment. Entropion is a common hereditary disorder in dogs. Selection for a particular...
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Ear Mites

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Library Ear Mites WHAT ARE EAR MITES? Ear mites are tiny infectious organisms resembling microscopic ticks.  The mite can just barely be seen as a small white dot with the naked eye but usually must be detected by examination of a sample of ear wax...
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Distichiasis

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Library Distichiasis Distichiasis is the abnormal growth of an eyelash from the meibomian glands along the eyelid margin. This positions them directly out of the lid margin and they contact the eye surface due to this. The harm this causes depends on the stiffness of...
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Demodectic Mange

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Library Demodectic Mange (Sometimes called "Red Mange") THE CULPRIT - DEMODEX CANIS Demodectic mange is caused by a microscopic mite called Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the...
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Corneal Clouding/Ulcers

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Library Corneal Clouding/Ulcers The cornea is the outer, clear surface of the eyeball. Any type of damage to this sensitive surface can result in clouding and/or ulcer formation. Corneal problems can be caused by injuries (long toenails of litter mates), foreign objects (dirt, bedding), infections...
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Coccidiosis

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Library Coccidiosis Coccidia (Isospora and Eimeria) are one-celled organisms called protozoa that invade the intestinal lining of dogs. Each species of coccidia causes disease in only one species of host, but other animals (rodents) can contribute to transmission in the life cycle. Adult dogs often...
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Cheyletiella

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Library Cheyletiella (Also known as rabbit itch, rabbit fur mite, or walking dandruff) Cheyletiella are mites that live on the surface of the skin of dogs. They are very contagious and can even affect people. Affected puppies are scurfy with scales and flakes evident on...
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Cataract

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Library Cataract What is a Cataract? Like a camera, eyes have a clear lens inside them that is used for focusing. A cataract is any opacity within a lens. The opacity can be very small (incipient cataract) and not interfere with vision. It can involve...
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Canine Parvovirus

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Library Canine Parvovirus Parvo is one of the most common causes of infectious diarrhea in young dogs. It is a devastating virus that can survive for many months in the environment and is difficult to destroy. It is most severe in young, rapidly growing pups...
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