Heartworm Disease: How to Protect Your Pet

Heartworm disease is a real, and expensive, threat to pet healthHeartworm disease was once thought to be a problem only in the southern and southeastern United States, but it’s now found in all 50 states. Heartworm disease can cause life threatening problems in dogs and is nearly always fatal to cats.

Unfortunately, heartworm disease is on the rise for both dogs and cats. That’s why The Maywood Veterinary Clinic wants to take a moment to review what this disease is and how to prevent it.  

Heartworm Disease

Heartworms are parasites that are contracted once an animal is bitten by a mosquito that’s carrying the worm. Once inside the animal’s body, the worm grows and reproduces, eventually invading the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels. If left untreated, heartworm disease can result in significant damage to a pet’s internal organs and cause lots of pain and suffering. Eventually, death can occur. Continue…

From Pets to People: Zoonotic Diseases

When it comes to illness, most of us probably don’t think about quarantining our pet. In general, diseases stay within one host species, but zoonotic diseases can be passed between animals and people, and so they bear special attention.

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans will get sick from zoonoses. They are very common and the effects can range from mild sickness to death. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid and prevent these illnesses. Below, The Maywood Veterinary Clinic explores the causes and the prevention of zoonotic diseases.

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Parasites and Pets: More Than Just a Pest-y Problem

From mosquitoes to tapeworms to ticks; parasites and pets mix too well, often times unknown to the most attentive of owners. Even innocuous agents, like Giardia and Trichinella—can be dangerous, especially for our furry friends.

The problem with parasites and pets is that pets often make very good (though unintentional) hosts. In addition, parasites can be harmful to humans as well.

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