Albuquerque just made the top 10 cities list for heartworm disease.
“Although these cities are broadly disseminated across the United States, there are many areas that are experiencing an increase in the prevalence of heartworm disease. For this reason, the Companion Animal Parasite Council encourages pet owners across the country to talk with their veterinarian about the importance of annual heartworm testing and year-round prevention.”
Know the Signs
- Animal is drinking a ton of water. The process of converting fat into energy requires a ton of water and should be investigated if seen.
- Animal becomes incontinent. When a well behaved dog starts drinking lots of water and having accidents inside, this can be a sign.
- Loss of appetite. Eventually a diabetic animal that is short on insulin will become lethargic and may stop eating all together.
- Vomiting or other digestive issues.
We are focusing on Heartworm this month and want to remind you to have your animals tested for heartworm and we highly recommend preventatives. This nasty, invasive parasite is introduced usually through a mosquito bite. The treatment is not pleasant for owner or pet. We recommend regular testing and medication to prevent heartworm in the first place. read more →
“Your Dog Has Diabetes”
These were not the words I ever thought would come…with a great amount of relief. But, I thought my dog was dying and we had spent the weekend preparing the kids for the worst. Our mid-sized dog suddenly dropped her weight nearly in half. She had been losing weight, but we thought this was a positive result from a change to a healthier diet.
However, she took a turn for the worse and we ended up at TLC, with a dog who had lost 38 pounds.
Two signs stood out in retrospect:
- She was drinking a ton of water. (We originally thought that was the food too.)
- She became incontinent. She has always been a good dog. She was unable to process all that water and was having accidents every other day.
If your dog is seven or eight and you are not sure you have been feeding them the best food, you should be aware of the signs of diabetes. If you have a breed that is more susceptible, you should be on the watch for signs.
You may want to look into a improving the diet of your aging pets. We have always been healthy eaters ourselves but we didn’t pay a lot of attention to the dog’s diet. And we were guilty of giving them way too many fatty table treats and have found out that many of the store treats were full of sugars.
Just like humans, diet matters to your pet’s health. If you want to improve the overall health of your pet, diet and exercise have to be addressed. Otherwise, you may be looking at our new situation. A by the clock eating schedule of low carb food, followed by an injection of insulin. Twice a day. She is doing great, and actually has looked better for a couple years. We only wish we’d seen the signs sooner.
She had grown so weak that she couldn’t stand and was so thirsty that she just lay by her water bowl.
Buy Heartworm Medication!
It’s sometimes hard to imagine that “an ounce of prevention”…really is worth it. In this case it is. Heart worms are highly invasive and the treatment, once afflicted, adds up quickly.
For the cost of what adds up to be 7 years worth of medication, the treatment is more than your dog and your wallet want to go through. The reality is that you love your pet and you don’t want to see them go through a case of Heartworm. Call to schedule a Heartworm test. See our offer to receive 1/2 OFF your next test.
Brought to you by the Mosquito (Culicidae)
Worms grow over 7 months and usually come in multitudes. The worms begin with an incubation period inside the mosquito. They carry the larvae and deliver it to the host, your cat or dog! They can grow up to 12 inches and dogs can be infected with as many as 250 of them. It’s nasty business for your dog or cat! This is why we recommend regular testing and most importantly, preventive medication.
Welcome to TLC Pet Hospital’s Kitty Corner. In this video, we learn how to administer SQ Fluids to your feline friend. In this video, we take you step by step through delivering fluids and medication with needle and fluid bag. As part of your at home care for your animal, you may need to administer fluids to your cat or dog. Tent the skin between the shoulder blades. Insert the needle, and open fluids valve. Release fluids into the animal. Close and hold skin in a pinch to keep fluids from draining out. A lump may occur where the fluids are gathered. Replace needle cap.
Our pets can get eye infections and injuries just like we can, perhaps more often because of their curious nature getting them into trouble at times. Some breeds are predisposed to eye problems because of their facial anatomy. It is very important to have any irritated eye checked out by the veterinarian because eyes can turn bad very quickly. If a topical ophthalmic (eye medication) is prescribed, it is critical to follow the instructions on the label, apply the medication properly, and have the eye rechecked at the requested intervals.
Having a helper restrain the pet always makes treating eyes easier; however it is possible to administer drops and ointments by yourself if you can’t find an extra set of hands. Eyes are sensitive, and in the case of injury or infection, the pet may be photophobic (turns away from light) and painful. The good news is, after a couple of treatments, the eyes should be much more comfortable.
Always begin with the animal facing away from you. Making eye contact is a dominance display, and some dogs and cats will shy away from you just trying to look into their face. Using one hand, tilt the pet’s head upward. If they seem reluctant, leave the head horizontal with the jaw parallel to the floor. As long as the nose is not pointed at the floor, you will be able to administer the medication. Hold the tube of eye drops or ointment in the other hand between the thumb and index finger. With the palm facing away from you, use the back edge of hand along the pinky-finger to pull the eye open by gently stretching the skin above the eyebrow back toward you. Do not touch the applicator to the eyeball. Squeeze a drop or a thin ribbon of ointment according to the directions onto the eyeball. You can “break off” the ribbon of ointment on the edge of the eyelid as needed. Gently close the eyelids to coat the eye with the medication.
It is very important to repeat the ophthalmic medication as instructed by the veterinarian. In the case of a corneal ulcer (a defect in the clear covering of the globe of the eye), the doctor may have you apply a topical ophthalmic every two hours for the first 24 hours. Corneal ulcers can quickly progress to blindness if not treated aggressively. These patients are referred to as ocular emergencies. If you do not think you are capable of doing this, ask your veterinarian to hospitalize the pet until the dosing regimen is decreased to a frequency you are comfortable with. Work schedules sometimes prevent us from being home to treat our pets adequately when they are ill.
Your pet’s veterinarian may request a recheck. Be sure to follow up as requested. An eye that does not respond to treatment will only become more painful and difficult to treat, and probably more expensive if the condition deteriorates into an ocular emergency.
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