How Do You Know? Top 5 Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs

lyme diseaseMost people shudder at the idea of ticks, but that doesn’t stop us from hiking, camping, picnicking, or working in the yard. Even though these 8-legged pests are sneaky, insidious, and hungry for blood, we still enjoy the great outdoors – and so do our dogs. After all, who hasn’t seen a dog rolling around the grass with utter abandon? Frolicking and exploring are a canine’s birthright, but Lyme disease in dogs remains a serious concern. As such, The Pet Experts of Springbrook Animal Care Center offer the top 5 clinical signs of Lyme disease so you can seek help immediately.

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A Risky Business: Heartworm Disease in Cats

heartworm disease in catsSpringtime is near, and in our neck of the woods, the steamy days and nights of summer aren’t far behind. This means swarms of mosquitoes will be arriving, too. Although mosquitos may be annoying to you, they may pose a deadly threat to your cat.

Heartworm disease has long been known to affect dogs, and owners should bring their dog in annually to have a heartworm test. However, did you know that we’re finding more and more cases of heartworm disease in cats?

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Lyme Disease in Cats:  Fact or Fiction?

Hanford_iStock_000059404992_Large (1)We know that Lyme disease is a concern in people. We also know that dogs can become infected. If you have a cat that ventures outdoors, you may be asking yourself:  Is Lyme disease in cats a real concern?

Read on to learn about what The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have to say about your cat and tick-borne diseases. Continue…

Tis the Season: Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm

iStock_000041719618_SmallEven if your pet isn’t one for the great outdoors, the threat of fleas, ticks, and heartworm is still a clear and present danger to your pet’s well-being. Fleas can live just as easily inside, as out. Ticks can come into your home (and on to your pet) by hitching a ride on your pants or shoes. And heartworm-carrying mosquitoes know no bounds when it comes to their invasion.

Because of this, parasite prevention for pets is a must this time of year. Ideally, prevention should be a year-round commitment for it to be as effective as possible (especially in the case of heartworm); but none the less, prevention during the summer months is crucial if your pet is to be protected against the illnesses fleas, ticks and mosquitoes bring. Continue…

SNAP 4DX Heartworm Testing

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It is recommended that your dog receive a heartworm test on an annual basis to be sure that s/he is free of the disease and to make sure that you may safely administer heartworm prevention. Now when we take a few drops of blood for your dog’s test, however, you are getting so much more! Continue…