For most people, pets are an important part of their family. We know it is important to you to protect your pets and family, especially your children and elderly family members from needless exposure to internal parasites such as worms and external parasites such as fleas and ticks. Some pets can harbor zoonotic parasites that can potentially be transmitted from your pets to your family.
What is Zoonosis?
Zoonotic diseases, in this case are parasites and intestinal parasites that are transmittable to humans. Those that are most susceptible, but are not the only ones who are limited to getting infected, are small children, the elderly, and those that are immune compromised.
Should you have your dog or cat spayed? Are you not sure what the best decision for you and you pet is? Deciding to spay a pet can be a tough decision. The fact that their are alot of myths about spaying pets can make that decision even tougher. There are many medical reasons to spay pets. Let’s go over just 10 of them.
What Is Spaying and Neutering? Spay and neuter are surgical procedures performed by veterinarians that render dogs incapable of breeding by removing their reproductive organs. When a female dog is spayed (also called an ovariohysterectomy), the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed. Neutering commonly refers to the castration of males and the complete removal of their testicles.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease, or Dirofilaria Immitis, is a parasitic disease that can result in lung, heart failure, other organ disease and death. Each worm can grow up to 12 inches long, and up to 250 of them have been known to tangle their way throughout the heart vessels and lungs.
It is common for a dog or cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point during their lifetime. Parasites can affect you pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritations to life threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can even infect and transmit diseases to you and your family.
Our veterinarians can help prevent, accurately diagnose and safely treat parasites and other health problems that not only affect your dog or cat, but also the safety of you and your family.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound exam is a form of imaging to look inside your pet’s body (liver, kidneys and intestines) without having to perform surgery. An ultrasound machine sends sound waves into the body and then listens for the echoes. The machine then uses these echoes to form a picture of the inside of your pet. The sound waves are too high pitch for us, or any of our patients to hear, so there really are no harmful side effects when using an ultrasound as a diagnostic tool. Continue…