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FEBRUARY IS DENTAL MONTH! 20% off of Dental Cleanings for Dogs and Cats! Call to schedule today!

Rumor has it, that Intercepter will not be put back on the market. With that being said, in high demand for a product like Intercepter we have added Heartgard Plus to our inventory . Heartgard prevents heartworm, roundworm, and hookworm infections in your dog. There is a mail-in rebate available until the end of December, Buy 12 doses and get 12 dollars back. Since fleas and ticks are still a major threat for your pets we have Revolution and Trifexis available in place of the Intercepter. Revolution for dogs prevents heartworm, fleas, ticks, mange, and ear mites. If you buy 6 tubes of Revolution you receive 2 tubes free and a 6-month Scaliber Collar for fleas and ticks, and if you buy 10 tubes of Revolution you receive 3 free tubes and 2- 6-month Scaliber Collars for fleas and ticks. Trifexis kills and prevents flea infestations, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. If you buy 6 months of Trifexis you receive 10% off, and if you buy 12 months you receive 12% off.


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Nothing Heartwarming about Heartworm

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What Can I Do to Prevent Heartworm?

Luckily, there are several excellent heartworm preventatives available. Before starting preventative treatment in the dog though, a veterinarian will do a blood test to check for adult heartworms.  If a dog is given the preventative medicine but it already has the infection, there can be a reaction that may be severe, even possibly fatal. So it is mandatory that all dogs be checked for the disease before starting any preventative.   Also, several organizations, including the American Heartworm Society, recommend that dogs be tested annually for heartworm, and remain on the preventative medicine year round. 

There are many brands of oral monthly preventatives, two types of topical monthly preventatives, and an injectable medication which is given every six months.   All these medications  are by prescription only.

If you have concerns, make an appointment to speak to your veterinarian about testing, prevention or treatment. Your veterinarian is a local expert at preventing and treating heartworm.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is a long, string-like parasitic worm that has the scientific name Dirofilaria immitis. It earns its common name by living in the host’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Heartworm can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage, and death. It is transmitted only through mosquitoes to a variety of species including dogs, cats, ferrets, wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions, and in rare instances, humans. Heartworm can affect any breed of dog or cat.

Heartworm infects animals all over the world. Once inside an animal, a heartworm can live five to seven years, and grow up to twelve inches long. Adult heartworms look like strands of cooked spaghetti.

Mosquitoes spread heartworm to the host animal.  When a mosquito bites the animal, it transmits infected larvae through the bite wound. Once inside an animal, it takes six or seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. These adult heartworms mate and the females release the offspring, called microfilariae, into the host animal’s bloodstream. Mosquitoes then ingest these microfilariae when they bite the infected animal, completing the lifecycle of heartworm.

The parasite lives  inside a mosquito, and develops into infective larvae in 10 to 14 days. Microfilariae cannot become infective larvae without first passing through a mosquito. This means heartworm is spread  only through mosquito bites and not by casual contact.

The presence of the parasites inside the heart and lungs causes a large degree of inflammation, and can severely interfere with blood flow. This can cause coughing, asthma -like signs, heart failure, weight loss, fluid build-up in the abdomen, or sudden death. If  your pet develops heartworm, your veterinarian will do tests including chest x-rays and blood tests  to determine how seriously it is affected.  Treatment includes doxycycline and an injectable drug named Immiticde ℞ which is derived from arsenic. The treatment takes several months, and can also cause side effects.

For all these reasons,  it is much better to just prevent heartworm in the first place. 

Sources:

American Heartworm Society

Frontline is on sale for cats and dogs, Buy 3 Get 1 Free or Buy 6 Get 2 Free.

Revolution is on sale for cats and dogs, Buy 6 Get 2 Free or Buy 9 Get 3 Free.

Stop in today to get these deals!

Spring Flea and Tick Prevention SALE

*NEW PRODUCT*  SIMPARICA (Dogs) - Buy 6 doses, Get $15 mail-in rebate. Buy 12 doses, Get $35 mail-in rebate.

FRONTLINE (Cat/Dog) - Buy 3 Doses, Get 1 Free or Buy 6 doses, Get 2 Free.

VECTRA (DOGS) - Buy 3 Doses, Get 1 Free or Buy 6 doses, Get 3 Free.

SERESTO COLLARS (Cat/Dog) - $15 mail-in rebate.

REVOLUTION (Cat/Dog) - Buy 6 Get 2 Free, Buy 9 Get 3 Free.

BRAVECTO (Dogs) - Buy 2 doses get $15 mail-in rebate, Buy 4 doses get $35 mail-in rebate.

CALL OR STOP IN FOR MORE DETAILS.

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