All dogs are at risk for contracting heartworms if they’re not on a preventative.
Although heartworm disease is more prevalent is areas with high mosquito populations, heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states. Dogs are natural hosts of heartworms, which means all heartworm larva contracted by the dog will likely mature into adult heartworms that live for 5 -7 years. Heartworm disease can cause lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, which is why prevention is always better than treatment.
Many dogs show little to no symptoms during the early stages of heartworm disease. This is one reason annual testing is so important. Once the disease progresses, symptoms in dogs may include a chronic cough, lethargy, weight loss, and fatigue after moderate activity. If left untreated, heartworm disease can progress, causing irreversible organ damage and fatal heart failure. The good news is heartworms are treatable in dogs, although the treatment can be costly and difficult. Identifying the disease early is critical, so talk to your veterinarian right away if your dog has developed any of theses symptoms.
About Pets In Need:
Pets In Need, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is committed to helping pets stay healthy and together with the people who love them. Pets In Need provides low-cost veterinary care and food for pets from homes in which income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. The clinic is the only resource of its kind in Greater Cincinnati and currently serves cats and dogs from hundreds of low-income households. To learn more about Pets In Need and the services it provides, please visit http://pincincinnati.org .
Getting your dog microchipped is an easy and relatively inexpensive procedure that drastically increases the odds that your pet will find its way home if it’s ever lost. A microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. It’s injected into a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades on their back. When scanned with an electric scanner, the chip will show the unique identification number and manufacturer of the microchip. This unique identification number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information in the microchip manufacturer’s database.
If a stranger ever finds your dog, a shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip. Once they have the identification number and manufacturer from the chip reading, they will call the manufacturer in search of the pet owner’s contact information. Therefore, if a dog owner moves or changes their contact information, it’s extremely important for them to update the contact information associated with their pet’s microchip identification number.
Healthy oral hygiene is important for our pet for multiple reasons. Clean teeth are not only cosmetically pleasing; they also promote good smelling breath and better long-term health.
If poor oral health causes an infection in our pet’s teeth or gums, it can spread to their kidneys. This is especially true in cats. Older cats often suffer from kidney failure, which can be caused by an oral infection spreading to kidneys. Valvular heart disease can also be caused by poor dental hygiene. Bacteria from a pet’s mouth can travel to its heart valves, causing them to change shape and become leaky.