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Canine Allergies

April 23, 2014

What is an allergy? An allergy is a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a particular substance called an allergen. Most allergens are proteins. The allergen protein may be of insect, plant or animal origin. Exposure to the allergen, usually on multiple occasions, sensitizes the immune system, and a subsequent exposure…

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Feline Heartworm Disease

April 23, 2014

What causes heartworm disease? Heartworms are a blood-borne parasite called Dirofilaria immitis that reside in the heart or adjacent large blood vessels of infected animals. The female worm is 6 to 14 inches long (15 to 36 cm) and 1/8 inch wide (5 mm). The male is about half the size of the female. Heartworm…

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Canine Heartworm Disease

April 23, 2014

Heartworm disease or dirofilariasis is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by a blood-borne parasite known as Dirofilaria immitis. Adult heartworms are found in the heart and adjacent large blood vessels of infected dogs. Rarely, worms may be found in other parts of the circulatory system. The female worm is 6 –…

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Canine Vaccinations

April 18, 2014

What is a modified-live vaccine? In a modified-live or live-attenuated vaccine, the causative organism (virus, bacterium, etc.) has been weakened or altered so that it is no longer harmful or virulent, but is still capable of stimulating protective immunity when injected or otherwise administered. What is a killed vaccine? With a killed vaccine, the causative…

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Feline Vaccinations

April 18, 2014

Recent advances in veterinary medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines that are available for use in cats, and improvements are continuously being made in their safety and efficacy. Veterinarians routinely recommend certain vaccines for all cats (called ‘core’ vaccines) whereas others are used more selectively according to…

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Local Teens Helping Animals

April 18, 2014

By Nicolle Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator Every Fall and Spring a new session of Junior Club begins. Junior Club allows teens ages 13-15 to gain hands-on experience in our shelter by volunteering their time to help make our animals’ lives a little brighter. One Saturday a month for 4 months, our Junior Volunteers meet to learn…

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Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

April 18, 2014

By Nicolle Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator Whenever guests come through our shelter doors, or see us at an off-site event, we always hear “I could never volunteer at an animal shelter, it’s so sad and I’d want to take all the animals home.” But our animals are given the utmost care during their stay with us…

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Meet Volunteer Megan Oates

April 18, 2014

Meet Megan! She’s been a volunteer here at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for more than a year. Having fostered animals, helped at offsite adoptions, special events, animal receiving, guest greeting, and many other areas of the organization, we consider her one of our superstars. Her first interaction with us was when she accompanied…

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Basic Dog Training Guide

April 16, 2014

  To help with your pet’s training, we are providing some helpful tips on the techniques we use at the shelter.  And, for consistency, always use the same commands and the same release word.  A release word is the word you use when the dog is allowed to stop a behavior such as sitting or…

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Dog Safety for Children

April 16, 2014

Dogs are not little people in fur coats.  They don’t think as we do.  Our actions may not appear they way we intend them to.  Not all dogs are friendly to children.  Some of them may not be feeling well or simply do not want to be bothered. For the safety of your children and…

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