||Longenbaugh Veterinary Hospital's
Prepare now to prevent flea and tick problems!
Not only does spring mean the arrival of warmer weather, but it also means the arrival of those nasty flea and tick infestations! Act now to avoid that infestation by giving your pets a monthly flea and tick preventative. Remember these flea facts: One female flea lays 50 eggs a day. They bite children and adults just as they do pets. A flea that bites your or your pet may have fed on the blood of a diseased raccoon, opossum or even a rat and spread the same disease to you or your pet. Fleas are the hosts of tapeworms, and dogs and cats that eat these fleas will get tapeworms. In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets, 10 percent flea cocoons in the carpets, 35 percent flea larvae and 50 percent flea eggs, again in the carpets. Monthly flea treatment is a necessity.
Do you know that heartworm preventative works by killing larvae that have infected your dog during the PREVIOUS 30 DAYS? Yes, your pet is not protected for the next 30 days, but the preventative kills the larvae from the previous 30 days. Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis, spread through the bite of a mosquito. The worms mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring while living inside a dog. The key to preventing heartworm disease is to give a preventative every 30 days. A heartworm test is required yearly and before restarting a preventative for a pet that has missed a monthly dose because giving a preventative to a dog that has a heartworm infection may be harmful or deadly. Our heartworm policy is based on the latest veterinary medical and American Heartworm Society recommendations.
We hope the following information will help keep your pet safe and healthy as our days start to warm up. Our weather can be hot and humid and yet people still walk and even run their dogs during all hours of the day. Heat stress is extremely harmful to pets. Pets conditioned for outside activity are still at risk. A heat stroke can cause irreversible brain damage and even death. Death by heat stroke is a very painful death, but it is also very painful for an owner to watch. This is a preventable death. Dogs cool themselves through panting, but in extreme heat or if the pet is dehydrated, their panting becomes inefficient. Remember that even on cooler days, high humidity can cause your pet to overheat. Symptoms of a heat stroke are vigorous panting, laying on their side, unable to stand, and possibly frothy foam around the mouth. Seek veterinary care immediately, if your pet becomes overheated.
DID YOU KNOW that 4 million stray dogs end up in shelters each year? Of these animals fifteen to twenty percent are returned to their owner, ten to twenty percent are adopted out, and sixty percent are euthanized. One-half million stray cats enter shelters every year. Only 2 percent of cats are reunited with their owners. Gates and doors get left open and pets get out! We want to make sure your pet does not become a stray pet. Over 75% of pets with the HomeAgain microchip are returned to their owners. The microchip is a small electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice, injected under the pet's skin. Your pet's information and your contact information will be listed in the HomeAgain national data base. Take advantage of our Springtime $39 Microchip Special! That includes the $19.99 registration with HomeAgain and we register your pet for you!!! Call today 281-856-7023 to get your pet microchipped.
If you need a refill on a heartworm preventative or any medication, we ask that you please give us 24 hours notice. Dr. Keadle reviews your pet's record before he approves any pharmacy refill request. You can now order from our on-line pharmacy and have your products delivered to your door. You can also order single doses of Heartgard and Nexgard.