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A Hookworm Invasion

We have noted over the past year or two an alarming increase in intestinal parasites in our area, and particularly in Hookworms. We're not entirely sure why this is happening. It may be due to milder winters, an increased resistance of the worms to the medications used to kill them, or maybe the higher number of pets being adopted into our state from Southern states. 
Here is a quick review of the lifestyle of this parasite:
 Hookworms live in the small intestine of the host, but unlike other parasites who consume the host's own food by absorbing it through their skin, hookworms attach to the intestinal wall with six sharp teeth, and feed on the host's blood. This is particularly detrimental to young puppies who can become anemic and die from a severe infestation. 
 The adult worms feed and mate inside the small intestines, and the resulting eggs pass into the world through feces. Once outside, the eggs undergo a transformation into infective larvae and make their way into a new host either by penetrating their skin, or more commonly by being ingested, usually through self grooming. 

March: The Great Dane

History of the breed: Germany is credited with refining the breed, although it was seen in various parts of Europe in the 1700’s.   Great Dane enthusiasts will tell you that there are 2 types of Danes, Danes that were bred to be estate Guard Dogs, and Danes that were bred to be hunting dogs.

A Dane that is meant to guard large estates has the job of being an imposing presence on the property. The Dane’s ears traditionally are cropped to give them an alert look, but at Westgate Pet Clinic we love the natural long ear. Because Danes were bred to relax around their owner’s property, they can make very good house dogs, even in apartments. They tend to sleep throughout the day, thus earning them the nickname, the “Gentle Giant”.

Danes were also bred to be used as boar hunters. Some Dane’s show more of this predatory drive and will sometimes tackle and pin smaller dogs. It is very important that your Dane be well trained and obedient because of its large size.free great dane 2Great Dane Dog by Karen Arnold

Health Concerns: As with many large breed dogs, Danes tend to have a shorter life expectancy. Problems known to arise in this breed are:

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Minneapolis, MN 55410
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