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  • Canine parvovirus is highly contagious and attacks the gastrointestinal tract of infected dogs. Puppies under one year of age are at higher risk. Effective vaccines are available and recommended for all dogs.
  • Dogs and cats don’t react to allergies the same way people do. While humans usually have respiratory symptoms, pets manifest their symptoms through the skin and/or gastrointestinal tract.
  • Has it been more than 24 hours since your cat had a bowel movement? Constipation in cats can be associated with kidney insufficiency and dehydration. Any change in litterbox habits should be discussed with your veterinarian.
  • Does your cat vomit regularly? Studies indicate that there may be a medical reason for this regularly “mistaken” behavior. The three most common causes are inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and lymphoma.
  • Corn cobs may be appealing to dogs. The size and diameter of a corn cob can fit snugly in the canine small intestine, frequently resulting in an obstruction and expensive trip to the operating room. Be vigilant about picking up leftovers and unattended plates.
  • Some breeds are predisposed to flatulence (gas), such as boxers, bulldogs and Boston terriers. Causes include food allergies, beans, dietary indiscretions and table scraps. Your veterinarian can discuss ways to resolve the problem.
  • Pancreatitis is a serious condition often triggered by a pet consuming a large quantity of fatty food. It is extremely painful and can lead to long-term health problems. Don’t give in to those sad begging eyes!
  • A common problem in dogs that go to the beach is ingestion of sand. Ingestion is usually accidental when they snatch up a tennis ball or frisbee and can cause a serious intestional obstruction. To reduce the risk, play on hard-packed sand.
  • Pinworms most commonly occur in humans, rabbit and horses . Pinworms are host-specific which means they can only be transferred to the same species. Dogs and cats cannot contract pinworms.