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Changes to the treatment of Heartworm Disease in Dogs

We have been treating dogs for heartworm disease routinely for sometime, using a drug called Immiticide (melarsomine dihydrochloride). It has been the only available heartworm killing agent for many years. There are no safe substitutes on the market.

Cats Get Heartworms Too

Lately we have been diagnosing an increased number of cats with heartworms which are spread by mosquitoes. Surprizingly many of these cats are indoor only cats and have been for their entire lives.  Cats, unlike dogs, cannot be treated to remove the heartworms. Their presenting signs are frequently vomiting, coughing, decreasing energy levels and, often, sudden death. The good news is that heartworms are nearly 100% preventable in dogs AND cats. The next time you bring your cats in, let's sit down and go over the different options for heartworm prevention. Below is a link to the American Heartworm Society for more information.

Allergic Dermatitis

Allergic dermatitis is a general term to describe a group of skin allergies that may be caused by a multitude of factors in dogs. The most common classes of allergic dermatitis seen in dogs are flea bite allergy, food allergy and atopy. Atopy, also called atopic dermatitis, is an allergic condition caused by inhaled allergens, or absorption of allergens through the skin

Exercising your dog

Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you. Young dogs and healthy adults alike need lots of it, and even senior pets need a regular daily workout to maintain their health. The type of exercise you choose depends on the age and fitness of your dog and your own lifestyle. Dogs are adaptable and are happy to play Frisbee in the park or take long walks in the neighborhood.

How to control and prevent fleas on your cat

When a flea bites your cat, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may have fleas without showing discomfort, but an unfortunate number of cats become sensitized to this saliva. In highly allergic animals, the bite of a single flea can cause severe itching and scratching. Fleas cause the most common skin disease of cats – flea allergy dermatitis.

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