April is Heartworm Awareness Month!
Friday, 07 March 2014 12:16
Spring is Coming!
March 20th marks the first day of Spring for 2014. Spring makes us think of warm weather and flowers, but it should also remind you of heartworms! As the temperatures warm up, mosquitoes become more active. You may not know it, but winter never truly kills them all off and many survive the extreme weather in the warmth of our houses!
Mosquitoes are the carriers of heartworm disease and they can infect your cat or dog at any time during the year. The veterinarians at Midway Animal Hospital recommend that you give a heartworm preventative to your pet all year long. Many heartworm preventatives also prevent flea infestations and intestinal parasites also. Did you know that you could purchase 7 years worth of heartworm prevention for less than it would cost to treat your dog just once?!
Preventing heartworms in your dog or cat is simple. For dogs there are monthly oral or topical medications, and even an injection that last for 6 months.Think of 6 months of worry free prevention and not one missed dose. For cats there are both oral and topical preventatives.
Unfortunately, heartworm preventatives are only effective if we use them.
Heartworms are only vulnerable to the preventative for the first few stages of their life cycle. Once they mature past about 30 days, they will become adults and must be treated with an adulticide. The treatment is costly and has risks to it. It is a time consuming process where your dog will need to be hospitalized to receive a series of deep injections and then need to be confined and have limited exercise for a few weeks. Unlike dogs, there is no treatment available if your cat becomes infected with heartworms. It is much easier and cheaper to give a tasty monthly treat or one injection every 6 months.
If you miss your pet’s heartworm prevention and it is within 2 weeks, you should go ahead and give it to them. Heartworm preventatives work retroactively, meaning that they kill the first stages of the worms before they mature into adults. The current standard test for heartworms detects only the adult worms and it takes about 6 months after your dog is bitten by an infected mosquito before the worms mature enough to be detected by the test.
Domestic dogs and cats are not the only animals that can be infected by heartworms. Wild coyotes and foxes can also be infected with heartworms. Did you know that 30-74% of mosquitoes found around an infected animal can transmit heartworms to your dog or cat?
Monthly reminders can be set up for free at http://www.remindmypet.com/ as and email or an app on your smartphone. This way you can remember to prevent heartworms in your pet wherever you are, even when traveling. Setting up the reminders takes only 5 minutes and can save you and your pet from a potentially deadly infestation.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.