Pet Health Information

283eed05-9d03-4f0a-a53b-1c07721a7603Heartworms

Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart.  They are transmitted by mosquitoes and can grow to 14 inches in length.  Over time they can cause heart failure, as well as liver and kidney damage.  In this area, heartworms are commonly detected in dogs that are not on preventive medication.  We recommend beginning monthly heartworm prevention between 6 and 12 weeks of age and annual heartworm testing for dogs over 6 months old.  This is one of the single most important preventive measures for dogs in our area.

Statistics from our clinic– heartworm cases diagnosed and treated by us (counts only treated cases):

  • 2003=20
  • 2004=14
  • 2005=33
  • 2007=12
  • 2008=7

As you can see, we treat roughly 1-2 heartworm cases per month.

For more information, please visit the American Heartworm Society website.

https://www.heartwormsociety.org/


 

675b4419-a350-41ab-84ce-a906671b2b64Flea Control

Fleas, especially in pets allergic to flea bites, are the most common cause of itching and skin infections.  Please consult one of our veterinarians to help determine which flea control product is best suited for you and your pet.  It is often necessary to treat the home as well to attain adequate control of a flea infestation.

We carry Comfortis, Cheristin (for cats), Canine Advantix II, Frontline Tritack, and Revolution (for cats). We also carry the flea control and heartworm preventative combination products: Trifexis and Advantage-Multi.

 


4ac3b21d-dea6-4529-aa19-adccb9823183Pain Management

The practice of high-quality veterinary medicine focuses on the entire patient.- from medical issues that affect physical functioning, to emotional and psychological issues that affect well-being.  Experiencing pain can affect the body’s physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s well-being and state of mind.  That’s why pain management is among our primary considerations when we are treating a pet for any medical condition.

From routine procedures (such as spays or dental cleanings), to more advanced medical treatments (such as bone surgeries or cancer treatments), to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient.  We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.

Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the very heart of quality, compassionate patient care.  We don’t take pain management for granted and will employ all of our skills to help ensure your pet’s comfort, well-being, and full recovery.