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Lyme Disease

Vector-Borne Diseases 25 Jul 2014
What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. A spirochete is a type of bacterium. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick. Once in the blood stream, the Lyme disease organism is carried to many parts of the body and is likely to localize in join...
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Heartworm Disease

Vector-Borne Diseases 21 Jul 2014
What causes heartworm disease? Heartworm disease or dirofilariasis is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs. It is caused by a blood-borne parasite called Dirofilaria immitis.   Heartworms are found in the heart and adjacent large blood vessels of infected dogs. The female worm is...
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Ehrlichiosis

Vector-Borne Diseases 21 Jul 2014
What is canine ehrlichiosis? Ehrlichiosis is an infectious disease of dogs.  It first gained attention as a significant disease when military dogs returning from Vietnam during the 1970’s were found to be infected.  The disease seems to be particularly severe in German shepherds and Dob...
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