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Be Heartworm Free! Protect Your Pet Today

Be Heartworm Free!

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats and dogs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite a dog or cat with the Heartworm infection and then passes it on to another dog or cat. The microscopic worms in the infected dog or cat will grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The disease impacts the lungs, arteries of the lungs, and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss, and heart failure.

The disease is present in most parts of the United States, especially in locations that have subtropical climates like those of the southeast, Gulf states, and Hawaii where mosquitoes are common. Heartworm disease can be diagnosed through a blood test and treated with a once-monthly prescription tablet. Preventative medicines are available only through your veterinarian, and it is recommended by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) to take a year-round preventative in Heartworm endemic states.

Heartworm Disease

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Fast Facts

It is estimated that a million dogs in the U.S. have Heartworm disease today.

  • It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to a pet.
  • Heartworms can live up to 5-7 years if left untreated in dogs and 2-3 years in cats.
  • Heartworm season is year-round. Protect your pet with a monthly preventative.
  • Dogs and cats should be tested for Heartworm every 12 months.
  • Heartworm prevention is much less expensive than treatment. Treatment can cost more than 15x that of a year’s worth of Heartworm preventative.

Source - Pet Place and American Heartworm Society

Make an appointment today with your veterinarian to protect your dog or cat from Heartworm disease.

Tags: Heartworm, Pet health, Pet Safety

5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

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The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.

1. Leave pets in a safe zone. The loud noise of fireworks can startle your cat or dog, so keep your pet inside your home or a place where they can feel comfortable. Book their stay at Best Friends, and we’ll be sure they have a safe, comfortable and fun stay with us! If you have to leave them at home, we suggest a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter or treats, accompanied by some soft music and plenty of water to help ease the nerves of your furry friend. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet entertained while you’re away.

Dog at a picnic 2. Although we sometimes like sneaking our pets dinner scraps here and there, be mindful that some human food can be harmful to your pet. Chocolate, beer, corn-on-the-cob, onions, grapes, garlic, avocado, and raisins are all hazardous foods for dogs and cats. Here is a full list of human foods you should not feed your pets.

Puppy at the vet

3. Only apply sunscreenbug repellent to your pet if you’ve consulted with your veterinarian about certain pet-friendly products. What is safe for a human to use could be harmful to your pet.

Pug in a cone

4. Charcoal, glow sticks, sparklers and fireworks can be harmful or even toxic to pets. Be sure to keep your pet away from such items. If your pet does ingest or is injured by any of those items, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Cat being micro-chipped

5. Did you know that more pets go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year? Ensuring your pet has up-to-date identification (ID tags and microchip) may be the best way t­o retrieve your pet should they manage to escape during the holiday festivities. If your pet does go missing, follow these steps to help bring your furry friend back home.

 

For any questions, please consult your local veterinarian.

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

 

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“Don’t chew on that!” Easter toxins every pet parent should be aware of!

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It’s Easter! Time for Easter baskets and Easter lilies! It is also time to remind all of our pet parents about things to be careful about around your pets this Easter season.

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Tags: Cat health, Cat safety, Dog health, Dog safety, Easter, Lily, Pet health, Pet Safety, Spring, Toxians
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