Understanding The Benefits of Heartworm Testing

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When you get a mosquito bite, it may cross your mind to wonder if the pesky blood sucker could be a carrier of West Nile virus or other severe disease. Our pets are thankfully not susceptible to most mosquito-borne illnesses that affect us, but your pet is susceptible to a more common illness known as heartworm.

Heartworm disease is a serious, even fatal, disease for cats, dogs, and other mammals. Heartworm testing, when paired with year round preventive medicine, is your pet’s best defense against the fateful bite of one infected mosquito. Continue…

The Best Friend You’ll Ever Have: The Advantages of Adopting a Mutt

CHAH-iStock_000007467848_LargeMutts! They aren’t usually our first thought when thinking about getting a pet. Many of us have a favorite breed that either reminds us of an early childhood best friend or that has a particular look we like. Purebred pets often come with high price tags, though, and questionable breeding practices. Meanwhile, millions of animals are euthanized each year because not enough people consider the meaningful decision of adopting.

The reality is, cats and dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. A neglect to spay or neuter can result in too many pets, or pets with easily-modified behavioral issues are dropped off when the family doesn’t want to work through it. Yet, mutts or mixed breed pets have many advantages that make them more resilient, often healthier, and simply loveable. Continue…