Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
Newsletter October 2017
The Spooky Truth About Heartworms: How You Can Prevent Them
Heartworms are completely preventable with a regular dose of a monthly heartworm
preventative. However, with the misconception of cooler weather killing off bugs, many people
aren’t protecting their pets year round, and this, unfortunately, leaves many pets vulnerable to
Heartworms are particularly scary because these dangerous parasites are transmitted via
mosquito bites, and they set up camp in your pet’s bloodstream, lungs, and heart. They can cause
your pet to have shortness of breath and coughing, but some show no signs of infection at all.
According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), heartworms can grow to be up
to “a foot long, and your pet can have anywhere from one to several dozen in their heart and
adjacent blood vessels.”
Heartworm prevention should start when a puppy is six weeks old, and we provide a free
sample dose in our puppy packets. If your pet has aged out or has missed doses, we would be
happy to test your pet and get them the proper protection.
Annual Bake Sale
Treat yourself for a good cause. The money collected goes towards
our abandoned animal fund.
October 19th -20th
Ticks can carry Lyme disease along with other illnesses. Most of us think of Lyme disease as
a problem in the Northeast and upper Midwest, but recent studies have revealed the presence of
the causative organism in the Lone Star tick found here in the southeastern U.S.
Lyme disease can cause lethargy, fever, and lameness but can be hard to diagnose as symptoms
can vary. This is one reason why our doctors recommend regular tick prevention, and we now offer
a Lyme vaccine with our core vaccine regimens.
With all the vaccines available it can be hard to know which ones are right for your pet. At
Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital we will help you pick which vaccines are best for your pet's
health based on their lifestyle.