Rabies 101 for Pet Owners

The Indian flying foxMost everyone has heard of rabies, and while people generally understand that it’s dangerous, not everyone is aware of what rabies is, how it is transmitted, and what the risk is to people and pets.

Although rabies is largely controlled in the United States, it still remains a concern. Each year, hundreds of dogs and cats die of rabies in the U.S., as well as a few humans. Understanding rabies and learning how to protect your pets and your family are critical steps in the fight against this deadly disease.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans. The disease is considered zoonotic due to its ability to transfer between animals and humans. Rabies is generally spread by direct contact with an infected animal, usually through a bite. Wildlife, such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes, commonly carry rabies. Continue…

What Vaccines Do Dogs Need to Stay Healthy?

Dog getting vaccine.

Vaccinations are a necessary part of health for pets and people alike. Vaccines are effective at protecting against a wide variety of serious and sometimes fatal illnesses in dogs. Although necessary, not every pet needs every vaccine. Many pet owners wonder which vaccines are necessary for their dogs.

Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates want to provide some answers to the question of what vaccines do dogs need to stay healthy. It is our hope to provide a better understanding of the advantages of vaccination among canine companions.

Continue…

My Dog Got Sprayed by a Skunk!

Beverly Hills MI dog getting bath

There’s probably no recognizable scent out there that evokes a familiar and unpleasant reaction than that of a skunk.

We all recognize the smell and have a visceral reaction to it. Namely, to get away from the source, that black and white striped creature, the skunk.

If your dog has been sticking their nose in bushes and foliage in the yard, or suddenly disappears off trail, there may be a skunk around. Unfortunately, your dog may confirm that with a disconcerting odor that precedes them.

If your dog got sprayed by a skunk, there are some steps you can take to get rid of the order and make sure your pet isn’t injured, too. The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to help with a stinky situation.

Continue…