Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially deadly disease that can be contracted from a single bite of a mosquito. It is caused by foot long worms, (heartworms) that can live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of pets. This has the ability to cause heart failure, lung disease and damage to other organs in the body.
Some signs of heartworm disease include fatigue, lethargy, decrease in appetite, persistent cough and weight loss. In severe cases where heart failure has been developed, the appearance of a swollen belly may occur due to excess fluid in the abdomen.
Ways to prevent heartworm disease is by having your pet on a heartworm preventative. This should be done year round and life long to ensure the safety of your pet.
Ask one of our doctors about getting started on a heartworm preventative. This may include having a heartworm test done prior as a safety measure.
Heartworm disease can be easily prevented. Give us a call and make an appointment for your loved one’s treatment today!
How To Avoid Ticks While You Explore The Great Outdoors
It’s true, the likelihood of your dog being bit by a tick is higher in the summertime and other warmer months, especially while you explore the great outdoors with your pets. However, ticks can be a nuisance year round.
Just like it can to you, ticks can cause serious harm to your pet. All it takes is just one bite for your dog to potentially contract a tick-transmitted disease.
Please pay attention and know what to look for when hiking outdoors with your pet, especially if you’re hiking in an area where ticks are common such as wooded areas, areas with tall grass, and anywhere that tends to be more swampy or moist.
Ticks like to wait on the tall blades of grass so that it is easier for them to attach to your dog. Keeping your pet in the middle of a trail can help prevent this. But it is important that your pet be on a tick preventative medication. This will reduce the chance of contracting a tick-transmitted disease.
Common areas where you might find ticks include under your pets legs, elbows, between the toes, ears, under their tail and under the collar. This should be checked after every outdoor activity.
Call our office today to find out more information on ways to help your pet while you go out and explore.
Author: Mandi Thorne