What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm Disease is caused by a blood-borne parasite named Dirofilaria Immitis. They employ the help of pesky mosquitos as their mode of transportation.  Once the mosquito bites, the larvae enter the new host (our pets) and grows to full maturity. The parasite sets up camp in the blood stream, migrating through to the heart and adjacent blood vessels.

Clinical signs of Heartworm Disease:
·     Coughing
·     Shortness of breath
·     Nervousness
·     Loss of stamina

These signs can be more apparent after exercising.  Animals with advanced infections can suffer from congestive heart failure or sudden death while exercising or with other types of over-stimulation. It is very serious and if untreated, can be fatal.  
There are a number of different options on the market for heartworm prevention including chewable tablets and topical applications.  Instead of the traditional topical or oral administrations of heartworm preventative, Sugar Hill Animal Hospital offers ProHeart 6, an FDA approved injection that works as a continuous heartworm preventative lasting 6 months!

How to Control Fleas and Ticks

Fleas can be quite a nuisance. They get down under your pet’s hair and bit and make them itch all over, come itch so bad that they scratch and chew at themselves that they bleed! Ouch! But that’s not all – some fleas contain parasites, which effect red blood cells and can make cats and dogs exceedingly sick. Also, fleas essentially suck blood when they bite and can cause anemia, making dogs or cats very feeble. This is particularly unsafe for young puppies and kittens.
At Sugar Hill Animal Hospital we administer Bravectowhich is generally well tolerated (dogs will actually eat the chewable formulation and there is very little vomiting after administration). 100% of fleas are killed within 24 hours of infestation and last for 3 months!

During the month of August, SHAH will be offering Parasite Protection Packages. These provide a reduced cost for Bravecto and ProHeart6! Call us today at 770.271.7777 to schedule an appointment today.