Important Information for Owners

Heartworm Disease
Serious and fatal disease caused by parasite Dirofilaria immitis, spread by mosquitos.
Worms that live in the lungs and heart that cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and organ damage.
Any dog or cat is susceptible to this parasite, even if they are indoor only.
Treatment is costly and hard on the pet (strict cage rest, no exercising)
Test animals yearly and keep on monthly prevention (monthly chewable or topical medication available only through your veterinarian)
Test is done through the blood: we take a little blood sample and look for worms in the blood. Testing is done to ensure that the product is working. Even if you skip one month or give it late your pet can become infected.

Check out these links for more information:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Heartworm-Disease.aspx
https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/heartworm-disease-in-dogs


Canine Influenza
Highly contagious viral disease affecting both dogs and cats.
As of May 2017, K9 Influenza was diagnosed in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.
Transmitted through aerosol and respiratory secretions. Barking, coughing, sneezing. Animals in close quarters such as boarding, grooming, and day care facilities are at risk.
All dogs exposed to the flu will become infected, with 80% of animals showing clinical signs. 1 out of every 10 dogs who develop symptoms will pass away from the disease.
There is no "season" for the disease, it can occur any time of year.
A vaccine is available. Vaccination can reduce the risk of contracting the disease. It can also reduce the severity and duration of illness.

Check out these links for more information:

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/other/canine-flu/keyfacts.html
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/canine-influenza-the-dog-flu


Canine Distemper
MARCH 2018: "NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRKN) - Metro Animal Care and Control has issued a warning for dog owners to be aware of sick raccoons in Davidson County.  The shelter reported seeing a dramatic increase in sick raccoons with Canine Distemper. "
https://www.wkrn.com/news/metro-shelter-advises-dog-owners-to-beware-sick-raccoons/1855890689
Contagious and serious disease that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
Distemper is often fatal.
Vaccination is available and very effective. The vaccination also covers the deadly Parvovirus.

Check out these links for more information:
https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Canine-Distemper.aspx
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/distemper-in-dogs

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/distemper.htm



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