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Posts from October, 2016

Parasite Roulette? Beat the Odds With Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

Adult Golden Retriever Scratching fleasThere are many things we enjoy doing year-round, but being bitten by mosquitos is definitely not one of them. While other parts of the country may get a seasonal break from all the buzzing and itching, we Alabamians must endure these disease-spreading pests year-round.

However, the danger of these blood-suckers goes way beyond Zika and West Nile virus. Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly condition that can be transmitted to our pets through infected mosquitoes. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your companion and why heartworm prevention is a year-round priority.

 

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Why Well Pet Exams are Essential to Your Pet’s Health

pet wellness exam

Each year, you may get a reminder from your doctor that it’s time for your annual physical. These pet exams are often the first time changes in health or underlying illnesses are identified, making them essential to preventive medicine.

The same is true for well pet exams. Because pets age much more rapidly than humans, these exams are integral to slowing the effects of age, as well as offering supportive care for a lifetime of emotional and physical well-being.

What’s Included in the Exam?

What’s covered during your pet’s wellness exam depends on a few factors – namely age, current health status, and whether you’ve reported any changes or problems in your pet’s condition.

Wellness care is categorized by life stage: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. Each life stage requires different types of care and attention that shape your pet’s needs. This includes nutritional support, exercise modifications, and additional testing for certain diseases that coincide with age. Continue…