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What is heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, and foxes.  Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.

Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.

How is heartworm disease transmitted from one pet to another?

The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal's skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.

What are the signs of heartworm disease in dogs?

In the early stages of the disease, many dogs show few symptoms or no symptoms at all. The longer the infection persists, the more likely symptoms will develop. Active dogs, dogs heavily infected with heartworms, or those with other health problems often show pronounced clinical signs.

Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss.


What is a Microchip?

If your pet’s collar breaks or its collar tag falls off or becomes illegible, a microchip permanently identifies your pet to help your pet get back to you if it is lost or stolen.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number that will be assigned to your pet.  No two microchips have the same ID number.  The microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless — similar to a vaccine injection — and can be performed during a regular clinic visit.

A microchip is not a tracking device. It can only be “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted to read the microchip’s unique ID number.  Veterinarians and shelters have these scanners and use them to help lost pets all of the time.  

          

          Healthy Puppy Package

 (best for puppies aged 16 weeks or younger)
              
 

              $ 140 ($29 saving)                  
  

    Includes the following: 
          4 DAPPV vaccines

          3 Dewormings 

          1 Bordetella vaccine  
          1 Rabies vaccine 
          1 Microchip 

                  lifetime registration         
           
     



                  Feline Services Pricing
                                    
        4 in 1 (FVRCP )                             $20     
        Rabies                                         $14
        Feline Leukemia Test                   $30 
        Microchipping                              $35

             lifetime registration 

            Deworm                                     $10   

           Round and Hook

        Flea and Tick treatment              $40

             3 month supply
         Heartworm Test                          $30 
        Heartgard Medication (6 month)         
              Up to 25lbs                           $30
    

          Frontline – 3 month supply
           
Any size                               $  40

       
          

         

           Canine Services Pricing

  
      Rabies                                           $14

        4 in 1 (DA2PPV)                             $20
        Bordetella                                     $14 
        Lepto                                            $15
        Rattlesnake                                   $25
       Deworm                                         $10
         
Round and Hook
       Flea and Tick treatment                 $40

          3 month supply
        Microchipping                               $35
          lifetime registration
   Heartworm Test                                 $30
   Heartgard  Medication( 6 month) 
                 Up to 25lbs                          $30
                 25lbs to 50lbs                      $35
                 50lbs to 100lbs                    $40
   Frontline – 3 month supply
                Any size                               $40



       

            Welcome Home Package

 (best for puppies aged 17 weeks and older)
              
 

              $ 140 ($29 saving)                  
   

    Includes the following: 
          2 DAPPV vaccines

          2 Dewormings 

          1 Bordetella vaccine  
          1 Rabies vaccine 
          1 Microchip 

                   lifetime registration

             6 months of Heartgard

           Heartworm Test (6 months after)