Rabies

Ninety percent of all rabies cases occur in wildlife, such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Rabies in bats in South Dakota is up 60 percent over last year. There is a 13 percent increase in rabid raccoons. Twenty-five percent of skunks tested positive, a 13%...

Cognitive Decline In Dogs

As dogs live longer, we see age-related cognitive decline. Disorientation, vocalizing, house soiling, personality changes—all may be symptoms. As many as 30% may be affected by age 10. We carry diets which claim to help the problem. Enrichment of the environment is an...

Dog Flu

Dog flu is a year-around problem—mostly of middle-aged dogs.  Dogs are potentially infectious for up to 3 weeks.  Viral particles are easily transmitted by human hands and clothing.  There is a vaccine which reduces the severity of the symptoms.  Dogs that travel, go...

Dog Bites

DOG BITES It’s the season for dog bites—at the dog park, the baseball game, or most commonly, in your own yard.  Despite the emotional upset and the physical injury, there are other factors at play. Dog bite liability is often absolute, that is, if your dog bites...

Fleas and Ticks

FLEAS AND TICKS Ticks appear in South Dakota, as a rule, around the middle of March. When snow is on the ground, as is the case this year, their development is delayed. The Federal Center for Disease Control says that in the U.S., tick-borne diseases are up 30% this...