From the Pet Clinic
Today we begin what I hope to be a series of articles on pet health. My associates and I consult for Canacreek.com and periodically review client cases as part of our normal duties. I would like to share the following, an actual case which we came across recently. Note: Names have been changed for privacy.
A client of ours called in to say she suspected her dog of having heartworm. Mrs. Jane spent her winters in Georgia with her dog Benny and uses Valuheart TM as her primary prophylactic against Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm). Mrs. Jane loves her pet Benny, and brings him everywhere with her.As soon as the weather hits 65F, she starts administering Valuheart TM monthly in an effort to protect him from infected mosquitoes that could potentially pass on the heartworm larvae. Mrs. Jane is careful to continue the meds through the summer until temperatures fall below 65F. So how did Benny contract Heartworm?
It turns out that Mrs. Jane had made a very common mistake. Fact is mosquitoes are active year-round in Georgia, and the South Eastern United States. Though there are less of them, they never the less remain active below temperatures of 65F. In (more…)