The end of March marked the end of an era. Our very own Dr. Lorna Mantle retired after more than 30 years working at Scott Veterinary Clinic. We will miss her dearly and wish her the best of luck in this next stage of her life. She has certainly earned all the peace, rest, and excitement that retirement has to offer!
When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection, and those heartworms can wreak havoc on your dog. The parasites can severely damage the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. Often, dogs show no outward sign of being infected and symptoms, much like heart disease, may not appear for some time. Symptoms can range from coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and difficulty breathing.
Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention, and it can actually be deadly to your dog.
Fortunately, there’s a way to keep your dog safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. These products can be administered orally or topically. Most heartworm preventives also protect your dog against fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Prevention is the key to keeping your dog healthy. A simple blood test can tell us if your dog is free of heartworm and 4 common types of tick-borne diseases.
Please contact us today to book an appointment for a blood test. If you have questions or concerns we’ll be happy to help.