Since you love your pets, you want them to be as healthy and happy as possible. Heartworm disease is a major cause of concern for both dogs and cats, and if you even suspect that they may have heartworms, you should take them to the veterinarian to determine if this is the case.
In order to determine whether your beloved dog or cat has been infected, a heartworm antigen test kit will be used. It is possible, however, to administer a cat or dog heartworm test at home as well as at a veterinary clinic. If your dog or cat does have heartworms, it’s important to note that there are treatment options available.
Dogs and Heartworms
So your child has been begging you for a dog for years and the time has finally come where you are even considering it. Her little face would be just adorable on Christmas morning when she opens the lid to that box and out pops a puppy. However, you do need to think past Christmas morning when it comes to taking care of a pet. As much as we love to see our children light up with joy, there’s a real responsibility that is required when taking care of pets; dogs in particular. If you are getting an animal to help teach your child responsibility and how to care for someone, then that’s great but you should know it’s going to be a lot of work. From veterinary diagnostics to food safety and vet visits, there’s a lot than goes in to this. Here are a few things to consider before getting your new pet.
Almost every American has encountered a dog at one point or another. For most of us, dogs are “normal”, run of the mill pets. They have nothing in common with horses, who people unfamiliar with equines — that is, a large chunk of the population — find borderline exotic. Horses are livestock, big and often used for actual work; whereas most of the time, dogs are “luxury” companion pets, bred simply to be our good friends. They aren’t similar to each other — or are they? Those of us who’ve owned horses and dogs alike can attest that the two animals have much in common. Both are remarkably social. While dogs are descended from wolves, who live in packs, horses are known to be drawn into herds. Dogs find companionship in humans great, but they love it even more when they have another dog to be “f