Author Archives: Julie Meisler

What is Leptospirosis?

Many clients ask what is leptospirosis? It is a bacterial disease that is zoonotic. This means it can be transmitted from animals to people. The Leptospira bacteria is found world wide in soil and water. Though it can occur anywhere, those areas with a warmer climate and higher annual rainfall are more susceptible. Leptospirosis has […]

Tick Populations Exploding Across the U.S.

Tick populations are exploding across the United States according to a new study. Evidence of disease carrying ticks in dozens of locations across the country has been documented. In fact, 83 counties in 24 states report tick populations where they have never before been found. Tennessee is one of the 24 states with counties documenting […]

Grain Free Dog Food May be Linked to Heart Disease

Many pet owners believe a grain free diet is a healthy option for pets. However, recent findings of increased cases of dilated cardiomyopathy, or D.C.M., could cause many to reconsider. D.C.M. is a condition which causes the heart to weaken and become enlarged. Some large breed dogs such as Doberman pinschers, Irish wolfhounds, boxers and […]

Why You Should Take Your Time Before Getting a New Pet

It is easy to visit a pet shop or shelter with no intention of bringing home a new pet only to find yourself tempted by their cuteness. Who hasn’t had to resist this urge? Getting a new pet on an impulse is never a good idea. For the sake of the animal, it is better […]

How To Protect Your Pet and Beat the Heat

Summer is upon us which means more time outside for you and your pet. The long, hot days of summer require extra attention to potential hazards for your pet. By remaining vigilant and being prepared, you can protect your pet so everyone in your family can enjoy the carefree days summer brings. Effective preventions to […]