Blog: Lessons from the Field
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.
Did you know that a snake bite is always an emergency?
It’s starting to get fairly hot outside and with hotter weather come rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats, here in south Texas we are definitely one of those habitats. They can be found just about anywhere from your backyard, the doggie park or even your garage. Rattlesnakes can be found all year long, although they are most active during these warmer seasons.
Rattlesnake venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spread through a dog’s body following a bite. When an unprotected dog is bitten, the venom of the snake can have serious effects. If your dog survives the initial effects of the bite, he can still have permanent damage. Treatment of a rattlesnake bite can be very costly and can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the bite.
Did you know that May 23 is National Heat Awareness Day?
While you’re making your summer plans, don’t forget your pet. As you already know, this Texas heat can be hard to escape and can be especially hard on our furry friends.
Keep your pet inside as much as possible when the temperatures start to soar. When indoors, your pet should also have access to a cool room. Be careful of garages, though they are not “in the sun”, there is usually no ventilation and those areas can also get pretty hot.
Fresh, clean water should always be available. If your pet must stay outside, make sure that there is a cool, shady place that he/she can go when they get too hot, and again PLENTY of water. Providing a pool for them to get into is also a great idea, just remember to clean out the pool daily.