Heartworm disease can be tricky at first because there are usually no symptoms early in the course of the condition. As time goes on, symptoms will appear, depending on how many heartworm parasites are present in the heart and lungs.
More than one million pets in the United States have heartworm disease, an infection caused by a mosquito-borne worm called Dirofilaria immitis. It is prevalent in all 50 states and around the world.
With mosquito season now upon us, it is time to think about heartworm in dogs. This is a serious and potentially fatal disease that occurs in the United States and other countries.
With the warmer weather and people tending to their gardens more, slugs and snails are on people’s minds, and it’s time for a timely reminder about a springtime toxic danger.
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are trained individually to perform a specific task for disabled persons. These animals include dogs or miniature horses only; they guide the visually impaired, alert the hearing impaired, pull a wheelchair, alert and protect people with seizures, remind a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calm a person with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or perform other duties.
Sometimes, you might see your pet walking like a drunken sailor, a comical scene in a piteous sense. If it happens on rare occasion, it is nothing to worry about. When it occurs consistently, it needs to be addressed.
If your pet is brought to us within a short time after ingestion, we will induce vomiting. We do this by giving a drug called apomorphine. It can be given through an IV or as a drop on the eyeball.
Acetaminophen actually can be given to dogs when used at a proper dose, although there are many new anti-inflammatory drugs used in dogs that are more effective and have fewer side effects, so we don’t recommend a dose of acetaminophen for the dog anymore.
Each year, between 60 and 70 dogs and more than 250 cats get rabies from a wild animal in our country. This is because these dogs and cats were not vaccinated.