Don’t Let Them Suffer in Silence: Recognizing and Treating Pet Pain

Pet pain can have a huge impact on your pet's quality of lifeHelping your four-legged best friend when they’re in need is part and parcel of pet ownership. However, it’s not uncommon for illness or injury to go unnoticed – or undiagnosed. Many symptoms are obvious, but others can be extremely subtle, flying beneath the radar of even the most dedicated pet owners.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Even though most owners are tuned in to the habits and behaviors of their pet, we could all use some helpful reminders when it comes to pet pain.

Consistency is Key

Animals love routine. They like to anticipate their next meal, when the backdoor might be open again, and the frequency of play or exercise time. Perhaps the most apparent symptom of pet pain is departure from their normal routine, which may present in the following ways: Continue…

Pet Perils: The Disquieting Nature of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious condition.Caring for a pet is one of the easiest things to do because it’s so fun and rewarding. However, truly taking responsibility for an animal’s health and well-being isn’t without certain challenges or worries. In the case of heartworm disease, there are critical steps that need attention throughout the year.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Diagnosed in all 50 states, heartworm disease is caused by internal parasites that live in the blood vessels of the lungs and heart. It is potentially life-threatening, and both outdoor and indoor-only pets are at risk.

How It’s Transmitted

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting heartworm disease. When an infected animal is bitten, the mosquito picks up microscopic baby worms (microfilaria) in the bloodstream. Over the next 10-14 days, the microscopic worms develop into infective larvae inside the mosquito. When it bites a vulnerable animal, the mosquito deposits larvae on the skin and the bite wound. Continue…

Parasite Prevention in Pets

Parasite Prevention in PetsParasites may be tiny, and some we’re even unable to see with the naked eye. But, they can cause big problems for your pet. From heartworm, to internal parasites, to external parasites like fleas and ticks, the threats to your pet’s health come from many directions. So, as the weather warms up (and parasites get more active), we’re focusing on parasite prevention and the steps you can take to protect your pet (and your family) this spring and all year round.

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More Than Meets the Eye: The Subtle Power of Routine Pet Dental Care

Pet owners are sometimes more familiar with their pet’s mouth than they might prefer. Among us, who hasn’t caught a whiff of kitty or puppy breath right in their face? Whether it’s a post-run pant or during a sweet snuggle session, dog and cat breath can be undeniably potent.

Pet dental care encompasses daily brushing at home and professional cleanings, but when it comes to what’s happening beneath the gums, digital radiographs hold the key.

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