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Pet Heartworm Prevention from Our Veterinarian in Klamath Falls

Pet heartworm prevention is very easy to do, but curing the heartworms after your pet has contracted them is another story. It can be a difficult and expensive procedure, making it doubly important that all pet owners have their pets protected from heartworms on a regular basis. At Companion Pet Clinic, we regularly protect all our patients against heartworm, to prevent the problems that this deadly disease can cause.
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Klamath Falls Veterinarian Discusses Heartworms

The only way your dog can contract heartworms is through an infected mosquito. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell whether any certain mosquito is infected. This is why prevention from our Klamath Falls veterinarian is so important for all pets. The bite of just one infected mosquito can give unprotected pet heartworms, and they've been found in all 50 states. It's even spread to traditionally dry areas, where mosquitos have never been a problem. Basically, if there is any chance of a mosquito in your environment, your pet is in danger of being infected with heartworms. 
Once a pet is bitten by a mosquito, it takes about seven months for the larvae it deposits to mature into adult heartworms. After that, they move into the heart, lungs and blood vessels to begin reproducing. They can grow up to a foot long, live well over five years, and your pet can have as many as 250 worms at one time. If left untreated, heartworms can cause permanent heart or liver damage and even death in some cases.

Preventing Heartworms in Your Pets

As horrible as heartworms may seem, it's a simple thing to protect your pet from ever coming in contact with them. In our office, we offer a monthly heartworm pill that's been successful for thousands of other pets. If your pet has a problem with taking pills, we can also offer an injectable product, just like a vaccine, that we can give your pet twice a year. Both treatments will successfully keep your pet safe from heartworms all year long. 
If you opt for the monthly pill, it's important that you give it to your pet every month, not just when you think mosquitos are likely to be in the environment. The pills help your pet to build up its immunity, and skipping a dose will begin the process all over again, possibly allowing your pet to become infected before you start the pills all over again.

Contact Companion Pet Clinic Today!

If you haven't had your pet treated for heartworm prevention, it's important that you start right away. Our veterinarian in Klamath Falls will be happy to begin treatment as soon as possible. Call our office at 541-882-7674 today.

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California CIV Outbreak Leads to Vaccination Recommendation for Oregon At-Risk Dogs

There is a current outbreak of the H3N2 strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in Silicon Valley that stretches from the San Jose area to San Francisco.
At this time there have been 97 confirmed cases of H3N2 CIV by Idexx and Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, and an increasing number of suspected cases. According to one veterinarian with United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Campbell, Calif., they have seen about 70 dogs with symptoms and/or exposure to the flu.

It is believed that the virus originated in boarding kennels and dog day care centers in the South Bay. Because of the serious concerns with CIV spreading, many canine facilities have temporarily closed. Many boarding and grooming businesses now require a current CIV vaccine.


Vaccination of At-Risk Patients Recommended

Because of the geographical proximity between California and Oregon, there is a risk that CIV may be brought into our state. There also is additional concern with the ongoing importation of dogs from the Bay Area to shelters and rescue groups that may introduce H3N2 CIV to Oregon. The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, and the Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Emilio DeBess, recommend proactive vaccination of at-risk dogs for CIV to protect these patients and prevent a possible outbreak in our communities.

Dogs in close contact with infected dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, day care facilities, shelters and rescues are at increased risk of infection. In general dogs should be vaccinated with a 2-dose series of bivalent vaccine, 2-4 weeks apart. Full immunity does not occur until 7-10 days after the second immunization in the initial series and is effective for 12 months. Boosters should then be given annually. Vaccination may not all together prevent an infection, but it may reduce the severity and duration of clinical illness. 


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