Posts made in March, 2014

Heartworms

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Our Blog | 0 comments

Spring is right around the corner! Now is a great time to make sure your pet is up to date on heartworm prevention. We will discuss fleas and ticks in the next posts, so stay tuned for that.   So what is heartworm disease, and why should you worry about it?   Heartworm Life Cycle: Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquitoes inject baby heartworms (L3, or 3rd stage larvae) under the skin of a cat or dog. These baby heartworms grow and eventually migrate to the large blood vessels in the lungs (pulmonary arteries) and sometimes the caudal vena cava (a...

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March Pet of the Month

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Our Blog, Pet of the Month | Comments Off on March Pet of the Month

Rocco is a handsome 8 month old chocolate and white pitbull. We first saw Rocco here at Rock Bridge Animal Hospital on August 22, 2013. He was only 8 weeks old and he was vomiting and also had some bloody diarrhea. Rocco was very weak and it was clear that he didn’t feel well. His temperature was 98.9, which is low for a dog. A normal dog temperature is between 100.0 and 102.5 degrees. We did a fecal exam, and determined that Rocco had roundworms, hookworms, and coccidia, which are three different types of intestinal parasites. After doing some blood work, Dr. Sappington determined that...

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