Care for the Ones You Love

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, which gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about pain in older pets.
Is your dog slower at getting up from a sitting or lying down position? Although your pet may be able to “warm up” and seem better, there is likely some pain and inflammation going on in his/her joints causing this hesitation. Older dogs are at the highest risk for osteoarthritis. One of every two dogs over the age of 10 years of age is affected.

At Comal Pet Hospital, it is our policy to take every possible step to ensure that our patients receive the very best and safest pharmaceutical products available. This is especially important with life-threatening illnesses such as heartworm disease. However, we understand and empathize with the desire to find products that are less expensive. We know that several catalog houses and internet pharmacies presently sell these products at a price less than we are able to offer. We do, however, want your decision to be well informed.

More than a million pets in the U.S. have heartworm disease. Here in south Texas, because of our climate, consistent heartworm preventive is vital to your pet’s health. We are a hot spot for mosquitos. All it takes is one mosquito’s bite to infect your cat or dog with heartworms. Yes, you heard that correctly, both dogs and cats get heartworm disease. In dogs, mosquitos deposit the heartworm larvae into the bloodstream during a bite. Cats can also harbor adult heartworms, but it is more common in cats for heartworms to die before reaching maturity. Once the heartworm dies, the dead heartworm migrates to the lungs, causing acute respiratory distress and possibly death. However, even immature worms can cause respiratory disease in cats.

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