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Heartworms are parasitic worms that are common in pets, especially dogs. These parasites are introduced into the body of a dog through a mosquito bite in their larval stage. It takes around six months for the larvae to grow to become adult heartworms. Since they can go undetected for months, it is very important to take your dog or puppy for regular checkups and heartworm testing. This is particularly vital for pet owners living in areas that are prone to mosquitos.
Pet owners want to protect their pets and do their best to keep them from escaping or wandering off. Many put a collar or a tag with identifying information on their pet, but wonder if there is more they can do. Dogs and cats can escape from even the most careful owners and may not know how to get back home. In some cases, animal control or neighbors may pick the animal up and take it to a shelter.
Mosquitoes are everywhere, and it only takes a single bite from an infected mosquito for your pet to get heartworm disease. Sadly, one in 200 dogs have been discovered to test positive for this condition each year. Heartworm disease is not only costly to treat, but the treatment can be painful for your dog too. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal. Here are the benefits of heartworm preventives:
A wellness exam for your pet is like a physical exam for humans. It is designed to detect any diseases and to ensure that the pet is living a healthy life. But, while you have your physical once a year, a pet needs its exam at least two times a year. Pets age faster than people do. A startling report given by the American Veterinary Medical Association indicates that visits to the vet are declining in America. Consequently, the instances of preventable illnesses among pets are increasing. This is alarming, seeing that the number of pets has grown considerably. With this information, you need to ensure that your pet is safe from these diseases. Among the first steps to take is to ensure your pet has regular wellness exams.
Do you have new pets at home and have not yet taken them to the vet for their vaccinations? If you have not taken this step, please do so as soon as you can. All pet owners should understand the importance of pet vaccinations. They play an important role in keeping pets healthy and happy. They also help to prevent the spread of rabies and other serious diseases to your family. Within the last century, pet vaccinations prevented the deaths of millions of pets.
If you are a responsible and conscientious pet owner, you probably already take your pet for regular wellness exams. These appointments are preventative in nature, designed to enable your vet to monitor the health and condition of your pet to ensure that they aren’t experiencing any preventable problems. Most adult animals are recommended to attend an annual wellness exam, but as your pet reaches their senior years, the frequency with which they are invited to these appointments can increase. This is because senior pet exams are extremely important. Here’s why.
Halloween is a lot of fun for humans, but it can be more than a little scary for our pets. In fact, Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for pets after the Fourth of July. As conscientious and responsible pet owners, it’s our job to do whatever we need to avoid any Halloween horrors on behalf of our animals.
Pet microchipping isn’t currently mandatory in the United States, but it is a practice that is highly recommended by veterinarians across the country. The process, which involves a tiny microchip being placed inside your pet’s body, is arguably the most efficient and reliable method of giving your pet that all-important identification information in the event that they become lost or stolen. Still not sure if is it a good idea? Here are 5 of the most important reasons to microchip your pet.