Posts Tagged: heartworm
Tick season is upon us. You probably know all about tick borne diseases like Lyme disease that can affect humans and dogs, but if you have a cat that spends time outdoors you may be wondering whether it is a worry for them as well. Thankfully, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have the answers for you when it comes to Lyme disease in cats. Continue…
Heartworms are a parasite that every pet owner should be familiar with. How much do you really know about this serious and formidable foe? See if you can answer the following questions.
Q: True or false? Heartworms only affect dogs.
A: False. While heartworm disease is mostly a dog problem, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions can all be infected. Continue…
Heartworm disease is no joke. It is a very serious problem for pets that, with a little effort, is almost completely preventable. Here are a few facts regarding heartworm disease so that you can better understand how to protect your pet:
- Heartworms grow inside the heart, lungs, and associated vessels.
- Heartworm disease is transmitted by female mosquitoes.
- Both dogs and cats can become infected.
- Heartworm disease has been found in ALL 50 states.
- Pets that are infected may not exhibit any signs until serious problems and even death occur.
- There is a treatment for heartworm disease in dogs, although the treatment is expensive and can have a high risk of complications. No treatment is currently available for cats.
Contact us and we can help you to decide what the best preventative plan is for your pet. By educating yourself you can protect your dog or cat from this scary disease.
We want to make sure you keep your pets safe during these hot, hot months. Please watch out for the following summer hazards:
- Heat stroke: It may be the most obvious hazard, but don’t forget that pets can overheat and even die from high temperatures. Never leave an animal in a car, even for a short period. Make sure your pet always has access to shade and fresh water.
- The sun: It may sound like a good idea to shave down your golden retriever, but your pet’s coat provides insulation from the heat and limits sun exposure which can result in sunburn.
- Heartworms: Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, which are just what they sound like- worms that grow in the heart. Not a good thing. Keep your pet on heartworm prevention as recommended by your vet.
- Fleas: These nasty little buggers are at their peak during the warm months of the year. Preventatives prescribed by your vet are very effective at keeping fleas at bay.
- Parties: Fido may want to crash the neighborhood block party, but be sure you limit his consumption of extra treats that may make him sick. Alcohol is also a big danger as well as garbage cans full of tasty treats like leftover bones.
Summer can be a fun time for your pet, but there are many dangers as well. Keeping yourself informed and aware of potential risks can help to make sure your summer is a breeze.