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Heartworms 101: Danger, Prevention, and Treatment

Heartworms are parasites that infect both dogs and cats. If left untreated, these parasites cause major health issues for pets and even result in death. When a mosquito bites an animal, it can transmit heartworm larvae into a pet’s bloodstream through capillaries in the skin. While blood flows through the heart, the larvae settle there and become adult heartworms. What Happens When a Pet Gets Heartworms? Adult heartworms cause havoc in a pet’s body. When heartworms live in a pet’s heart, the heart becomes filled with worms. These worms reproduce and release larvae into the bloodstream, continuing the parasites’ lifecycle.

Dog Vaccines for Spring

Spring’s warmer weather and longer days lead us to wanting more adventure. Before venturing out, many people have been careful to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But what precautions should we be taking for our dogs?  Diseases exist within the canine world that are very contagious- and sometimes deadly. How can you protect your dog and the health of other dogs? Here are some of the important vaccines you should be sure your dog has before they embark on fun spring outings.  Getting Your Dog Vaccinated Before Travel No matter what, your dog should have at least a rabies vaccine. This

What Flea and Tick Prevention Does My Pet Need?

Topical or chewable? Flea collar or flea bath? Over-the-counter or prescription? With all the different types of flea and tick prevention out there, it can be confusing to know what kind will work best for you and your pet. Read on for an overview of the types of flea and tick prevention avaialble. If you have questions about what is best for your cat or dog, Hello Ralphie veterinarians offer advice and, in some cases, prescriptions for the safest and most effective flea and tick options for you and your budget. Topical vs. Oral Flea and Tick Prevention Flea and