Well as April comes to a close i just wanted to recap the importance of parasite prevention. It’s hard because our fur babies don’t have a voice to tell us when something’s wrong. Practicing preventative care is so important to help keep them healthy, happy, and thriving. Don’t forget when you buy a year of Heartgard you get a $12 rebate, and Frontline is buy a 3 month supply get a month free:) Hope everyone is having a good week so far. Happy Tuesday!
As the weather warms up and the season changes we see more and more parasites, diseases and problems. Heartgard and Frontline help keep your pet safe from dangerous diseases. With Parvovirus in full swing getting your pet updated on vaccines is crucial. Treatment for these ailments can run in the thousands and there is no guarantee of survival. It’s so important to keep your pets updated. They are our buddies so let’s keep them healthy and thriving for as long as possible! Happy Tuesday!
Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend! Looks like we are sadly having to say goodbye to the beautiful weather and hello to the heat.. blech! Get the fur babies out for a walk, hike, and outdoor activities now before it’s too hot, and don’t forget to bring water for them. Also don’t forget it’s parasite season so get frontline and heartgard to protect them when they’re outdoors. Happy Friday y’all!
For April we will be discussing the importance of using preventatives such as Heartgard and frontline. Although Arizona isn’t as high in cases of heartworms as the Midwest we still see our fair share of them. Heartworms can be fatal and the treatment if they get them is a long and painful process that only gives a 50% chance of survival.
Did you know that fleas and ticks can cause underlying diseases like ehrlychia? Parasites are never a good thing, but these parasites can cause serious problems and even death if untreated. Heartgard and frontline are easy to use, and when broken down into months isn’t that expensive. It’s better to prevent a problem than to have to treat it after it’s already there. Call us today to get your frontline and Heartgard. When you buy 12 months of Heartgard you get a $12 rebate and for every 3 months of frontline you buy, you get one application free! Happy Monday!
Although heartworm disease is more prominent in other parts of the country, Arizona still sees a fair amount of cases. Family Pet Hospital sees 1-2 cases per year, which may seem low, however treatment can be harsh and sometimes fatal, expensive and difficult on the pet. Using Heartgard once a month is a simple and cost effective way to protect your pets and avoid future heartache. Candy is our featured pet of the week. Upon adoption she tested positive for heartworm disease. Fortunately for Candy, it was a low positive and we caught it quickly so 3 months of heartgard cured her. This is very uncommon and Candy is a very lucky girl, we are so glad she had a happy ending. Remember heartworm disease is closer than you might think, monthly preventatives could save a life.
Cases of Heartworm Disease can be found in all 50 states. Both cats and dogs are equally at risk. The fact that your cat is an indoor cat doesn’t mean that it won’t get bitten by a mosquito. Mosquitos find their way into our homes buzzing about in search of a victim on which to feed. Wherever you find mosquitos, you’ll find Heartworm Disease. Perhaps there was a time when Arizona was free of the disease, but that is no longer the case. All it takes is one heartworm infected pet or wildlife creature to be bitten by a mosquito. That mosquito then carries the disease to another cat, dog or wildlife creature. Hundreds of thousands of cases of Heartworm Disease are reported every year. A simple blood test will tell you if your pet tests positive for Heartworm Disease.
If your pet becomes infected with Heartworm Disease, you may not see any sign of illness until it has reached advanced stages. Some pets never show any signs of being infected, until it is too late. Signs of heartworm infection may include coughing, difficulty breathing and lethargy. Treatment for Heartworm Disease involves a product that contains arsenic. In addition to the treatment, your pet will have to remain inactive for weeks afterward. It is risky, expensive and may not be successful. Heartworm Disease can be fatal to your pet. Year-round treatment is recommended by the American Heartworm Society and the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Heartgard is recommended by Dr. Sura and is the #1 choice of veterinarians in the prevention of Heartworm Disease.
In addition to the prevention of Heartworm Disease, Heartgard is also used to treat intestinal parasites. The most common types are Roundworms and Hookworms. Dogs and cats of any age can get roundworms or hookworms, but young puppies are the most vulnerable and it is often contracted from their mother. While a pet may show no sign of infection, symptoms may include vomiting, loss of appetite or severe weight loss. Heavy infections in young puppies and kittens may be fatal. Roundworms and Hookworms are also transmittable to humans.
Ticks and fleas can also create health issues for your pets. Ehrlichiosis or tick fever is a tick transmitted disease. The brown dog tick transmits the disease as it feeds on the dog’s blood. The disease has two phases, acute and chronic. Clinical signs of the acute phase of Ehrlichiosis are non-specific and may include listlessness, swollen lymph nodes, anorexia, fever, nervousness and discharges from the nose and eyes. Signs of the chronic phase may include those of the acute phase as well as nosebleeds, other abnormal bleeding, weight loss and eye problems. In both phases, the damage done to the body relates to the destruction and decreased production of all blood cells. This leads to anemia, decreased resistance to disease, infection and abnormal bleeding. Accurate diagnosis can only be confirmed through bloodwork. The acute phase of Ehrlichiosis usually responds to treatment within a short period of time. However, the chronic phase is difficult to treat and can be fatal. Treatment in both cases requires administration of specific antibiotics and may require other supportive care.
The best approach for tick control is twofold. First, protect your pet with either Frontline or Certifect. Frontline is an excellent choice to prevent the transmission of disease to your dog by killing ticks before they can transmit disease. Certifect is the optimum choice if your dog already has ticks, since it begins killing the ticks within the first six hours of application. Next, you’ll want to make your yard unfriendly to ticks by keeping grassy areas short, bushes trimmed and minimizing mulch and leaf litter. When walking your pet, avoid areas that might be inviting to ticks.
To check your pet for ticks, look and feel for them as you brush, pet and play with your cat or dog. You’re likely to feel the tick bump before you can see it. Pay special attention to the head, neck and paws, since these are areas that ticks prefer to attach themselves. If you find a tick on your pet, contact us immediately so that the appropriate treatment can begin as soon as possible.
While flea infestation is less common in Arizona than in other parts of the country, your pet may still be at risk for infestation if allowed in undeveloped areas. Outdoor cats are especially prone to flea infestation. Excessive scratching may be the first sign that your pet has a flea problem. Fleas can cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis and anemia as fleas continue to feast on your pet.
To check for fleas, look for black specks (flea dirt) on your pet or its bed. You may also run a metal comb through the coat, making sure that you reach all the way to the skin. If the comb gathers black specks you may have found flea dirt. Another method in checking for fleas is to place a white paper towel or sheet of paper beneath your pet and rub your hands through its coat. If black specks fall on the towel, it may be flea dirt. If you find live fleas with either of these methods, drown them in soapy water before they can jump back on your pet.
Apply Frontline Plus for the prevention or treatment of flea infestation. Frontline Plus works on contact to kill fleas already on your pet and helps prevent new fleas from making their home there. If your pet has fleas, they’re likely thriving elsewhere in your home. Check carpeting, bedding and furniture or anywhere in the house your pet has been for flea infestation. While Frontline Plus will treat your pet, you may need to consult a pest control specialist to properly and effectively treat your home.
Whether it’s Heartworm Disease or Tick and Flea issues, prevention is always the most cost effective and helps to insure that your pet live a longer, healthier life. Currently there is a $15 rebate if you purchase 12 doses of Heartgard. If you purchase 3 doses of Frontline you get 1 dose free, and with a purchase of 6 doses you get 2 free doses. With a purchase of 3 doses of Certifect, there is a $5 coupon and for 6 doses there is a $12 coupon. We have coupons and rebate forms available for all of these products.
OCTOBER 13TH IS NATIONAL PET OBESITY AWARENESS DAY
TWICE A YEAR FOR LIFE is the motto for National Pet Wellness Month. National Pet Wellness is the educational initiative designed to raise awareness about the pet aging process, disease prevention and the importance for twice-a-year Wellness Exams for all dogs and cats.
Our pets age much faster than we do. Many physical changes can take place in a very short time; some may go unnoticed by the owner. This is why the American Veterinary Medical Association advises pet owners to bring their pets in to their veterinarian twice a year for Wellness Exams. Twice-yearly exams help your veterinarian diagnose, treat, and ideally prevent problems before they become serious.
However, insuring wellness for your pet isn’t just about exams and vaccinations. Wellness includes working to maintain a healthy diet and weight, keeping teeth clean to avoid dental disease, bloodwork, utilizing the other preventive measures like Heartgard and Frontline, and blood pressure checks for at risk animals. Preventive Medicine is the most cost effective method to help your pet live a long and healthy life.
When your pet comes to see Dr. Sura for a Wellness Exam, she performs a nose to tail inspection. Upon your arrival the pet is weighed. Significant changes in weight, either up or down, may indicate a medical problem. The veterinary technician will then get a current history by asking you questions about diet, activity level and inquire about any noticeable changes in behavior. Temperature, pulse, respiration are also taken at this time. Prior to seeing your pet, Dr. Sura reviews the medical history from previous visits along with the current information provided. On examination, she looks for any signs of concern or changes in the pet’s physical condition. Listening to the heart and lungs, examining eyes, ears, and mouth and palpating the pet’s abdomen will provide Dr. Sura with additional information that is likely to be undetectable by the owner. The Wellness Exam is the first step in Preventive Medicine.
Annual Bloodwork will provide Dr. Sura with insight into your pet’s organ function. In puppies, kittens and young animals bloodwork will detect parasitic and congenital conditions. It also provides a baseline for organ function which may be useful when assessing future health issues. Early detection can make a tremendous difference in adding years to your pet’s life. If detected early, 75 % of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
Kidney disease is one of the major causes of illness and death in dogs and cats, but symptoms do not usually appear until 2/3 of kidney function has been lost. If caught early, the animal can live with this condition for many years.
If a Liver problem is detected at an early stage of the disease and proper treatment is given, the chance of your pet’s recovery is favorable.
Early detection of Diabetes is extremely important because an early therapy regimen can be more effective and easier on the animal. Detecting and monitoring diabetes early can also prevent damage to other organs.
Annual Bloodwork is also needed to monitor for possible side effects when your pet is on a chronic medication or monitor blood levels of certain medications. Animals may develops problems related to the administration of a chronic medication that necessitate alterations to their treatment plan, or they may need to have supplement levels adjusted with time.
Diet is another very important piece in maintaining your pet’s health and wellness. Not all pet foods are created equal. Because of their continuous nutritional research and innovation, Hill’s Science Diet is the food that Dr. Sura recommends. When your pet comes in for an examination, their body weight, age, size and medical conditions are considered before a specific diet is suggested. Hill’s Science Diet has very specific formulations to support the nutritional needs of every pet. Feeding your pets a diet with the appropriate nutritional balance and maintaining a healthy weight will help them live a full, happy life.
Dental Health is another vital piece in maintaining a healthy pet. Your pet could be suffering with mouth pain from excessive tartar, periodontal disease or tooth decay. Eating may be difficult and painful. Dental disease can also cause organ damage, specifically to the kidneys; liver, and heart. An annual dental for your pet will help maintain a healthy mouth and fresh breath, while thwarting needless organ damage caused by dental disease.
Scottsdale Vet: Family Pet Hospital is a veterinarian animal hospital in Scottsdale, AZ that provides vet exams, affordable wellness plans for dogs & cats, hospital services, surgery, dentistry, canine vaccinations, feline vaccinations, emergency and referral services, along with a full suite of x-ray, lab and diagnostic services.
Family Pet Hospital proudly serves the Phoenix metropolitan communities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Surprise, Tempe, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, and Queen Creek.