Treatment of heartworm disease can cost as much as $1,000 for bigger dogs, much more than the cost of monthly preventive medication, notes veterinarian Melissa James. The health costs to dogs are high, as they suffer severe damage to the heart, kidneys and their overall health, and some dogs do not survive treatment. Heartworm preventive medication has the added bonus of killing other parasites that can cause illness in dogs and people, Dr. James adds.
There's no doubt that pets improve humans' quality of life, providing companionship, decreasing stress and prompting exercise. However, people with compromised immune systems, such as young children, the elderly and people with certain illnesses, can be at increased risk from pathogens pets may carry. This article provides hygiene guidelines that allow even those with compromised immunity to enjoy their pets safely.
A new Texas law that bans the use of carbon monoxide as a euthanasia method took effect this month. Before the law, approximately two dozen shelters still used the gas euthanasia technique. The only legally accepted form of euthanasia in the state now is injection with sodium pentobarbital.
A Texas dog is recovering after his owner used twine as suture and duct-taped a wound on his back. The dog, named Frank, was confiscated by animal control officers after a call about possible abuse. The dog received proper veterinary care and will soon be put up for adoption. "You need to leave the veterinary care to veterinarians," said Animal Care Services representative Lisa Norwood.
Cats housed indoors are exposed to parasites, contrary to common belief, writes veterinarian Lorie Huston. Fleas, which carry internal parasites, can infect indoor cats without their owners realizing there is an issue, Dr. Huston writes. Indoor cats are at risk of infection from tapeworms, heartworms and roundworms through exposure to fleas, mosquitoes and rodents, but having regular veterinary care and using veterinarian-approved products labeled for cats can help prevent infection.