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APRIL SPECIAL

April 2, 2014 @ 5:42 pm posted by Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital

APRIL SPECIAL
FREE Heartworm Test with the purchase of 6 or 12 months of HeartWorm Prevention.

Cats- Revolution
Dogs – Heartguard Plus, Trifexis or Sentinel

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FEBRUARY SPECIAL

February 9, 2014 @ 4:47 pm posted by Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital

$100 off Dental Cleaning

Call (727) 378-9008 to schedule an appointment.

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NEW OFFICE HOURS

January 9, 2014 @ 6:46 pm posted by Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital

Monday and Tuesday 8am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 7pm
Thursday CLOSED
Friday 8am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 2pm
Sunday CLOSED

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Diagnosis of Heartworms
 Blood Test

Blood is drawn from the dog & tested for a protein shed by the female worm as she passes microfilaria (babies). This test is very reliable.

Then X-rays, blood labs, and urinalysis are evaluated to determine the impact of the heartworm infection on the dog’s health. Your dog will then be staged for heartworm disease as part of the evaluation.

It assists your veterinarian in choosing the best method of treatment for eliminating the heartworms:

Stage I Lowest risk... young, healthy, minimal heartworm disease evident on X-rays, all other tests are normal.

Stage II Moderately affected... some coughing, some difficulty breathing, changes on X-rays, and blood work may have kidney and/or liver damage.

Stage III Severely affected... weight loss, coughing, and difficulty breathing, more damage visible on x-rays, and blood tests show kidney and/or liver damage.

Stage IV Caval Syndrome... the dog is collapsing in shock, all of the above abnormalities are more intense and the dog is dying.

Another factor is when some animals develop a severe allergic reaction to the heartworms, or microfilaria. This more elusive kind of reaction occurs most often in cats. It is not uncommon for infected cats to suddenly die from the effects of just a few worms.

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 Treatment
1) The adult worms and the microfilaria are eliminated separately. No one medication kills both.

2) The only FDA approved drug is called Melarsomine dihydrochloride. It is used in a 3 dose protocol established by the American Heartworm Society.

3) The most serious side effects usually occur during the treatment of the adult heartworms. When the worms die & lodge in the lung arteries and cause pulmonary thrombosis.

4) A multimodal approach is taken before, during, & after adulticide treatment. After staging, but before & during treatment, the dog is given a monthly heartworm preventative. The dog will also receive antibiotics that kill the bacteria that the heartworms carry. Pain medication & anti-inflammatories are given during the treatment.

5) Approximately six months after adulticide therapy, the dogs are retested for the presence of heartworm(s).

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