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Roundworm Infection in Dogs
General

Roundworms (nematodes or ascarids) are parasites that live freely in the intestine, feeding off of partially digested intestinal contents. Their name is derived from their tubular or "round" shape.

Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina are two important species of roundworms in dogs. Toxocara canis causes more significant disease and also may be transmitted to humans.


How did my dog get roundworms?

Infected dogs shed the microscopic... Read More

Hookworm Infections in Dogs
General

What are hookworms?

Hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense) are parasites that get their name from the hook-like mouthparts they use to attach to the intestinal wall. They are only about 1/8" (3 mm) long and so small that it is very difficult to see them with the naked eye. Despite their small size, they ingest large amounts of blood from the tiny vessels in the intestinal wall. A large number of hookworms can cause anemia. This problem is most common in puppies, but can occur in adult dogs.

How di... Read More

Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Head

Items needed:

  • Special dog toothbrush or finger toothbrush
  • Pet toothpaste in a flavor your dog will enjoy (human toothpaste with fluoride is toxic for dogs)
  • Your dog!


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The first step is to get your dog used to toothpaste. Using the specially formulated and flavored pet toothpaste, squeeze some onto your finger. Allow your dog to lick it off your finger. Give them enthusiastic ... Read More

Addressing Potential Ebola Concerns Regarding Your Dog
General

At Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, our top priority is the safety and well-being of your pet.  Many news outlets are reporting stories about Ebola but there is currently little known information about Ebola in dogs and cats. [1]

While BRVC serves as a reference for Bay Area residents with questions about their pets, we refer to the following organizations and sites for the most up to date information regarding Ebola:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

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