Archive for August, 2011

Heartworm disease in cats…

August 31, 2011
Picture of a heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) m...

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Heartworm infection takes place when a mosquito carrying infective, microscopic-size heartworm larvae, bites into a cat for a blood meal. The larvae then actively migrate into the new host and develop further as they travel through the subcutaneous tissue in the cat’s body. At about 3-4 months, they usually settle into the arteries and blood vessels of the lungs, where they continue to develop to sexual mature male and female worms.

The average time from when the microscopic parasites enter the host until the females develop into mature worms and produce offspring is approximately eight months and is referred to as the prepatent period. This is about one month longer than in dogs.

Heartworms do not need to develop into adults to cause significant pulmonary damage in cats, and consequences can still be very serious when cats are infected by mosquitoes carrying heartworm larvae. Newly arriving worms and the subsequent death of most of these same worms can result in acute pulmonary inflammation response and lung injury.

In addition, did you know …

The clinical signs of heartworm infection in cats can be very non-specific, and may mimic many other feline diseases. Diagnosis by clinical signs alone is nearly impossible, but a cat may exhibit generic signs of illness, such as vomiting intermittently, lethargy, anorexia (lack of appetite), weight loss, coughing, asthma-like signs (intermittent difficulty in breathing, panting, open-mouthed breathing), gagging, difficulty breathing or rapid breathing .

Call us today at (614)888-4050 to schedule your cat’s next wellness exam and to talk with our doctors concerning the importance of prevention of illnesses such as heartworm disease.

Feline wellness package is here for cats age 1-6

August 18, 2011
Chat 3 N et B
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Value: $700
Cost:  Just $53.00 per month

We realize that veterinary care for your furry, feline friend can be costly… so we’ve come up with a great plan to help you provide the best care for your pet that is worry free financially.  For just $53.00 per month (one year period), you receive the following benefits for your pet:

2 Complete Wellness Examinations
1 Sick Pet Examination
Vaccinations that are needed
Advantage Multi for Cats (12 month supply)
Bloodwork
Heartworm Test
Intestinal Parasite Test
Dental Cleaning (extractions excluded)
10% Off all private label products
10% Off grooming and bathing

If your pet is hyperactive…you are not alone but you may be exhausted!

August 3, 2011

We love them unconditionally but our busy pets can also exhaust us!  What’s more, when you have spunky pets, you too can feel a bit estranged from the rest of the pet owner world.

After working a long, hard day many pet owners come home to a ransacked house with potpourri spewn across the floor, clothing scattered everywhere, glasses tipped over or broken, papers ripped to shreds, and scratches, claw marks and teeth prints in the furniture.

You are not alone.

There are many pet owners who are living with hyperactive pets or pets that have random frisky moments.  Frisky behavior is quite normal for our pets and often happens when they are bored.  They can also get a bit jittery when they’re scared or nervous…just like us.  So here are some tips that may help to calm your pet:

1. Refrain from scolding and chasing your pet if you’ve caught him after the fact.  Many pets may not remember far back enough to remember what they have done.  Catching them in the act is the best time to let them know that their behavior is unacceptable.

2. Reward your pet with a treat anytime he shows good behavior.

3. Spend time with your pet each day – perhaps for exercise or for play.

4. A healthy pet can learn good behaviors.  Be sure to keep your pet on a healthy diet so that his bones, muscles and brain can continue to develop.

5. Give him some toys. This way he has a few things to keep him busy while you’re gone.

6. Help your pet to relax. A great way to do this is by massaging him and playing relaxing, soothing music.  This can help both you and your pet – when you come home to a mess, or when the both of you just need to unwind.

Call us today at (614)888-4050 if your pet is showing abnormal signs of stress and anxiety!  We can help!

Is it okay to spoil your pet rotten?

August 1, 2011
Happy Dog, Water Play
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We don’t think so but it all depends on what you do to spoil your furry friend. Most clients tend to spoil their pet with things such as belly rubs, doggie daycare, kisses, special toys, tons of play and excercise…and, of course, a loving home?

The one thing that you shouldn’t spoil your pet with is table scraps.  Not that your pet may not try to help themselves to a sandwich left unattended at the table or a cookie left too close to the edge of the kitchen counter…but we encourage our pet owners to avoid showing their love to their pet with food that may actually be detrimental to their overall health.

We would much prefer that you grab a leash and take an extended walk with your pooch or snuggle with your favorite feline than to share your dinner plate. 🙂