As our population increases, humans continue to encroach on wildlands and animals, resulting in the sharing of infectious organisms. As a consequence, the world has experienced an increase in new diseases, which is not only affecting individual people, but also livestock, pets, and the economies of the world.
Ticks are a growing concern in the United States. Changing migration patterns, climate patterns, deforestation, and warmer winters are leading to more ticks in wider spread areas and are making them a year-round pest in most of the country. These parasites that can be as small as poppy seeds will attach to mammals and feed off of their blood.
Adopting a pet is mostly about cuddles, wet noses, fuzzies, and love, but there is actually more to responsible pet ownership than friendship. When you adopt your pet, you’re making a commitment to provide all the care they need for the entirety of their lives.
Grain-free, boutique diets and diets comprised of exotic proteins (wild boar, bison, or kangaroo) or legumes, like chickpeas and lentils, are all the rage among health-conscious pet owners who hope to provide the best diets for their beloved furry canine friends. The FDA, veterinarians, and veterinary nutritionists, however, have marked a significant link between these popular dietary choices and increased cases of canine heart disease, specifically a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).