Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog can mature into adults, mate and produce microscopic larval forms called microfilariae.
Spring is here and it is time to take steps to prevent fleas and ticks. We saw fleas and ticks through the winter, but their numbers significantly increase in the spring. It is important to start your pet on tick prevention now. We have a detailed article on the products listed below, which you can reference by clicking the links at the end of this article. Below is a very simple write up on how to prevent fleas and ticks.
Prevention of fleas on cats: Revolution (topically) monthly (also prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites)
Our veterinarians and the AHNA Patient Care Team (approximately 40 of us) were fortunate to participate in a three hour seminar on Wednesday, March 16 on Preventing Pain in our patients presented in our Education Room at AHNA by Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP. Dr. Epstein was well-qualified to present on this topic as he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP, Canine/Feline Practice) and is a past-president of that organization.
By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn
Feline leukemia virus (FELV) was recognized as a serious infectious disease of cats in the late 1960s, and by the 1970s blood testing for the disease was widely available. Until fairly recently, FELV-related tumors were the most common cancers in cats. Fortunately, the development of safe and effective vaccines for FELV has reduced the frequency and risk for the disease in our domestic cat population. The bad news is that there are plenty of unvaccinated outdoor cats who are still spreading and carrying this incurable disease.
Animal Hospital of North Asheville recently upgraded our ultrasound capability with a new machine for the fourth time. Why did we spend over $80,000 to upgrade again? Because the new ultrasound machine produces amazingly detailed images that can improve our ability to make quick and accurate diagnoses. This ability can make the difference between life and death for your pet, and that makes us happy.
This article originally appeard on the Pet Poison Helpline website.
By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn