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Heartworm in Dogs

Heartworm in Dogs

Recommendations for heartworm are specific to your dog family

When and how often dogs should be tested for heartworm infection is a matter of debate. In making the decision on when to test, we consider how common heartworm disease is where your live, and what heartworm preventive care your dogs currently receive.  We also consider your pets’ environment and the mosquito season in Chicago.

Heartworm in Dogs

34787894The American Heartworm Society (AHS) suggests all adult dogs be tested at the time a heartworm preventive is started.  Then, your dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. In the past, if a dog had been on preventive methods routinely, it was not considered necessary to test every year. Instead, AHS called for testing only every two to three years. However, when reports showed an increase in animals contracting the disease, AHS made a change. Now, they recommend a more aggressive testing routine.

We also find it can be difficult to document when an animal hasn’t been checked in three years. Therefore, annual testing ensures that infection is caught in plenty of time to manage it effectively.

Control of Intestinal Parasites

Keeping your scheduled annual exam is a gift to your dog. As with vaccinations and heartworm testing, you’ll find different opinions on when or if fecal examinations should be performed. You’ll hear a wide variety of advice on when or if cats should receive regular deworming.  Our recommendations are based on circumstances as follows.

  • The age of your pet
  • Likelihood your pets have been exposed to feces from other animals
  • Evidence your pet suffers from fleas
  • Whether your breed is a hunting breed
  • The kind of preventive, if any your pet currently receives
  • A history of infection
  • Your breeding plans
  • How your children interact with your pets

Considerations for Puppies

Initiate treatment at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age, and then put on a monthly heartworm preventive that also controls intestinal parasites. Using a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product decreases the risk of parasites. If not using such a product, worm at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age and then monthly until 6 months of age.

Nursing Dams – We treat at the same time as puppies

Managing Adult Dogs

If on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 1-2 times per year and treat appropriately. If not on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 2-4 times per year and treat appropriately. Also, monitor and eliminate parasites in pet’s environment.

1759020Newly Acquired Dogs and Puppies

Auburn Animal Hospital Family believes in deworming immediately, after 2 weeks, and then following the above recommendations. We recommend new pet owners obtain the history of deworming of their pets and contact us to determine if additional treatment is needed.

Roundworms and hookworms of your pet can cause serious disease in people, especially children who may not have good hygiene habits.  Treating them for worms is important for your pet’s health as well as your family’s.  Visit us to get detailed directions on how to manage the pets you love.

We strongly advise owners to make sure your pets have an annual fecal examination performed. Fecal examinations are advantageous. They reveal immediately whether your cat has intestinal parasites. If so, you may need to change their environment and access to other animals. You will also know what type of parasites are present. In that case, the proper medication will be selected to kill all of them at once.

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Petly – Frequently Asked Questions

Petly – Frequently Asked Questions

Petly Preventive Care Plans Frequently Asked Questions

What is Preventive Care? Regular examinations, vaccinations, screenings and other medical procedures provide us with information about your pet’s body, organs and overall health. By looking at your pet(s) on a regular basis and measuring changes in their health, issues can be detected earlier and together, we can follow through with treatment sooner to avoid illness becoming more costly in the future. This approach to pet healthcare is called preventive care.

What Does Preventive Care Include?

Preventive care includes services such as routine checkups, necessary vaccinations, intestinal parasite screens and recommended blood and urine screens. It also includes dental cleanings and other recommended services. Your pet’s age, species, breed and overall health status will play a role in determining which services are needed in their preventive care protocol.

Do Young Pets Need Preventive Care? Absolutely!

Illnesses and disease affects the health of puppies and kittens.  Preventive care includes vaccine series to protect against such dangerous diseases as distemper and rabies.  Preventative care also includes spaying and neutering your young pet. You’ll get blood screening to establish baseline information for early detection of potential health threats in the future.

Do Senior Pets Need Preventive Care? Absolutely!

In fact, regular checkups and screenings are an essential part of making sure problems are caught as early – a crucial part of keeping your senior pet happy and healthy as long as possible. Preventive care services for senior pets can include twice-annual checkups, blood and urine screening, dental cleanings, vaccinations, pest control and more.

What Are Petly Plans?

See your pet's health records at PetlyPetly Plans are affordable monthly payment plans for your pet’s preventive-care services. These care plans were created by veterinarians to help make taking care of your pet convenient and affordable. Petly Plans allow you and your vet to customize a plan to meet your individual needs and budget, and arrange monthly payments for those services instead of a once or twice a year lump sum.

Is There a Membership Fee? Yes.

You one of our veterinarians will determine which care package is right for you and your budget. Once that is determined, you pay a monthly membership fee based on the plan you choose.

Can I Cancel or Change My Plan? Yes.

We understand that circumstances change and that life is hard to predict. We make it easy to change or cancel your plan at any time. You will be responsible only for the regular price of services you’ve used so far, but won’t be penalized or charged fees for cancellation.

Is This an Insurance Policy? No.

It’s important to note that Petly Plans are not the same thing as pet insurance. Petly Plans help you manage the cost of necessary regular care for your pet. Pet insurance helps offset costs of catastrophic events, like unexpected accidents or illnesses.

Are Petly Plans Right For Me?

Are you likely to visit us one or more times a year? Do you want your pet to be current with vaccinations? Do you see signs of gum disease or other dental issues? Does your pet’s breed or genetic history suggest that you watch out for specific health concerns? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Petly Plans is right for you. Talk to your one of Auburn’s doctors about which Petly Plan is best for your pet today!