WHY IS THE HEARTWORM THREAT GROWING?

There was a time when Heartworm Disease was relatively confined to the warm, humid states of the Southeast.  Pet owners up North, and out West were unconcerned because the winter freeze and dry heat kept the mosquito populations to a minimum.  However, that is no longer reality in the United States. Thanks in part to climate change, and in part to our ease of travel,  Heartworm is now diagnosed in all 50 states!   2018 was the 4th year in a row where CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) forecasted an above average prevalence across the board.  An alarming report issued in
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IT’S A FACT…UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES, ANY DOG CAN BITE!

It isn’t their size, breed, gender or age that are predictors of a dogs’ potential for biting. It’s the circumstances of their history coupled with their personality, and the situation they find themselves in. According to the CDC, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the US, and over 800,000 of those bitten require medical treatment for their injuries. Children and seniors are the most common victims, and the vast majority of bites take place between humans and dogs who are known to one another. There are measures we can all take to reduce the
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WHEN YOU BUCKLE UP…DON’T FORGET YOUR PET!

It’s fun to take your furry friends for a ride in the car.  In fact, it’s become so routine, even the teller at the drive-up window is equipped with a stash of treats for your special shotgun rider! Yet, as exciting as it all seems, whether you’re simply riding around town, or on a road trip, it’s important to remember, “Safety first!” Unsecured pets are a risk to themselves and to the other occupants in the vehicle.  A sudden stop at a speed of just 10mph can send them hurtling towards the windshield, or into the other passengers, resulting in
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KEEPING THE HOLIDAYS HAPPY

A great deal of planning goes into the celebrations that make the month of December a whirlwind of food, family, friends and festivities!  Keeping the holidays happy and memorable takes a little extra effort for those of us with pets. Nothing dampens the holiday spirit like a sick pet, especially when the humans in their lives realize it could have been prevented. Being prepared will make it easier for you to get help quickly should you be faced with a medical emergency. Since most veterinary offices close over the holidays, talk to your veterinarian about where you should go for
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