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When an unvaccinated person is exposed to rabies, they typically receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) consisting of a dose of anti-rabies antibodies and four (4) rabies vaccines over the course of two weeks. In dogs and cats, it’s a different story. We don’t use a formal PEP protocols in pets in most regions.

  • Why not? I’m
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I was at the airport the other day and, as per usual, there were lots of traveling dogs there too. As I was watching one dog getting lots of random attention while in line to board, I could only smile given how happy the dog and the people looked – a key reason why we

When we talk about “worms” in dogs or cats, we’re usually talking about parasites that can infect pets or (less commonly) that harbour other pathogens. However, there are also certain worms that can cause other problems for our furry friends. For example, the hammerhead flatworm (Bipalium adventitium) produces a very potent paralytic neurotoxin

Acute diarrhea is pretty common in dogs. It’s pretty common in people too, but our approach in dogs versus people is VERY different:

  • Diarrheic dogs often get taken to a veterinarian ASAP.
  • People with acute diarrhea rarely go to a physician.

Why is the approach so different?

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It has nothing to do with severity of

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A new bill, the Healthy Dog Importation Act, has been proposed in the US Congress to deal with a few important issues related to dog importation. 

The proposed act would require any dog being imported to:

  • Have a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian “accredited by a competent veterinary
  • When we talk about vaccines of dogs*, we tend to split them into “core” and “non-core” vaccines.

    (*The same applies to cats. I use dogs by default for posts like this, which sometimes gets me an earful, but I’m not actually ignoring cats.)

    Core vaccines are those that every animal should