15 09, 2018

Ringworm…It’s not a worm

By |September 15th, 2018|

What Is Ringworm? Ringworm is a fungus and can be misleading as it is not a worm, nor is it always round. It is named for the round, raised, red ring usually seen in human infections. Healthy adult humans are resistant to infection unless there is a break in the skin such as a scratch. Elderly [...]

12 09, 2018

Dachshund…The hunting dog

By |September 12th, 2018|

The Dachshund was originally bred to hunt badgers in Germany during the 1600’s.   The characteristic body shape, long and low, was developed so that the Dachshund could fit into underground dens. Doxies come in two sizes: standard or miniature, and three coat varieties: smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired. Dachshunds are protective and territorial, but they thrive [...]

31 08, 2018

The American Lone Star Tick….A Major Health Concern For You and Your Dog

By |August 31st, 2018|

Ticks When most people think of ticks in New Jersey, they think black-legged ticks (deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis), which transmit Lyme disease, or American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), both often found on canine companions. The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) has been a problem in the southern part of the state and there are indications it may [...]

25 08, 2018

What is Parvovirus

By |August 25th, 2018|

Parvovirus typically affects young puppies but can also affect unvaccinated or under-vaccinated adult dogs. Certain breeds like Doberman Pincers, Rottweilers, and Pit Bulls are at an increased risk. Most dogs contract Parvovirus through exposure to an infected dog’s feces. The virus is shed in the feces 4-5 days after exposure, and clinical symptoms do not [...]

4 08, 2018

What Diseases Are Spread By Ticks

By |August 4th, 2018|

 1. Lyme Disease Transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick.   Symptoms range from joint pain, lethargy, and lameness to decreased appetite and fever. Signs of infection can take months to appear.  It can be very difficult to treat and even more difficult to fully cure.  Dogs do not get the tell-tale bullseye rash common [...]

23 07, 2018

Its Tick Season, Make Sure You Are Prepared

By |July 23rd, 2018|

In recent news, the tick crisis has been gaining a lot of attention.  Not only are we finding there are more ticks than previously thought, but also that they are now carrying more diseases widespread than ever.  This is resulting in the number of tick-borne related illnesses reaching record highs.  Over 1,000,000 dogs tested positive for [...]

21 07, 2018

My dog has a Wart, What Can I Do? Cryosurgery!

By |July 21st, 2018|

What is Cryosurgery? Cryosurgery or cryotherapy is the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal, disease, or unwanted living tissue like a wart or a cyst.   Cryosurgery is used to treat a number of diseases and disorders, especially skin conditions. This treatment allows growths to be removed without actual cutting.  The application of intense cold [...]

9 07, 2018

Natural Healing at MVH with Platelet Rich Plasma

By |July 9th, 2018|

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)? Platelet-rich plasma is a portion of the blood that has been processed to contain a higher concentration of platelets than in the whole blood.  The PRP contains platelets and varying numbers of white blood cells (WBCs) and red blood cells (RBCs).  PRP also contains other growth factors and substances that [...]

30 06, 2018

Its a Heat Wave, Don’t Let Your Dogs Overheat!

By |June 30th, 2018|

Heat stroke is a serious concern for dogs. When their body temperature rises from the normal 100-103 degrees to roughly 104 or 105, they lose the ability to regulate their internal temperature, which can cause organ damage or even death. Dogs aren’t very efficient at self-cooling because: They don’t sweat like humans – their main [...]