The recent news about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) being discovered in the geographic area around Manchester-by-the-Sea has us very concerned about our family, friends and our pets.  As a practicing veterinarian, I wanted to research any evidence about the affect mosquito bites might have on my patients in this geographical area. To date, I have not reported any cases of EEE at the Manchester Animal Hospital.  However, as the disease is becoming more widespread this season, we all will need to be vigilant.

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Veterinarians are beginning to study CBD’s effects on pets and assess its safety. Despite this lack of official guidance, pet owners are increasingly seeking out CBD for their pets.

The bonds between humans and animals are powerful. And the positive correlation between pets and mental health is undeniable. According to a 2015 Harris poll, 95 percent of pet owners think of their animal as a member of the family. And that’s true no matter how old we are. 

Dogs and cats are victims of several intestinal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four, only roundworms and tapeworms are commonly seen in the stool. At the Manchester Animal Hospital, we recommend pets be checked for intestinal parasites twice a year as worms found in dogs and cats are potential health hazards for humans too. 

In the past several weeks, we were very aware of the extraordinary heat we had to deal with. With our attention focused on the danger it represented, we had our guard up and paid attention to the increased rinks to the health of our pets. 

It is often difficult to determine why some pets suffer painful anal sac disorders while others do not. Most pets who are having problems with their anal glands will scoot their bottom along the floor, frequently turn to lick or bite at the anal region, or display discomfort when passing stool. Any pet with persistent symptoms like these should be evaluated by a veterinarian.