We're back at the Big Lake Animal Clinic this week for Dog Blessed and Jodi is discussing heartworm once again with her dear friend Olaf being the patient.
Heartworm is a parasite that gets into dogs via a bite from a mosquito most often and in the 6 month incubation time, it really shows no signs of presence. After that, symptoms arise and progress from an occasional cough to the dog looking and acting very ill. The footlong worms live in the pulmonary system, heart and lungs, and can be fatal if left untreated. There are also different breeds of worms that infect from different areas of the country and like most parasites, they can adapt to treatments and become resistant. It's an expensive endeavor to treat an animal who'd run ill.
It's another open and honest discussion with Jodi this week. She's offering a wealth of knowledge from her gatherings from a vet as well as her own research and some different ways that relief and treatment options can be found. Take a listen.
The proper care of your pet is paramount. After all, they are part of the family more than they are a pet, right? You have to make decisions based on the best information you can gather and go with that. That's why Jodi spends the time and does the homework to know the angles. Our thanks to Clock Timeless Pets and Must Love Dogs Pet Boutique in Grand Haven.