Easter for our pets brings many temptations that aren’t good for them. Remember that your dogs will be curious about new items like Easter lilies, Easter basket grass and chocolate. With Easter right around the corner, remember to take a few extra precautions to keep your pets safe.
With April being National Heartworm Awareness Month is it good to know the symptoms, treatment and preventatives for the disease. The American Heartworm Society recommends that all dogs be tested annually for heartworm infection. Transmitted by mosquitoes, this serious parasitic disease can be fatal. Fortunately, your veterinarian offers a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including an injection, daily and monthly tablets, and monthly topical medications.
Heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. When a mosquito bites a susceptible animal, the infective larvae enter the tissues and begin a migration into the blood vessels. The worms travel through the bloodstream, harming arteries and vital organs as they make their way to the lungs and the heart chamber, about six months after the initial infection. Several hundred worms can live in one dog for five to seven years.
Dogs grieve the loss of a family member, whether human or canine, to varying degrees, depending on the relationship and bond they built over their time together. Some dogs will refuse to eat; some suffer more dramatically by trying to escape, apparently to go in search of their lost mate. Some seem to instinctively know what has occurred and behave in a more needy fashion than usual; following you from room to room, demanding attention or affection. No matter how your dog reacts, the following tips can help you and your dog get through this difficult time.
As much as we plan ahead and take precautions, unfortunately accidents happen to both humans and dogs. ILoveDogs.com recently released the top 10 causes of accidental deaths in canines.