Monthly Archives: June 2016

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Heartworm and Prevention

Heartworm infestations can be deadly, but if you follow a couple easy steps it’s totally preventable.  Heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart, lungs and surrounding blood vessels. Heartworm is passed from a mosquito taking a blood meal on an affected animal, picking up the microfilaria (baby worms).  The microfilaria then mature in the mosquito. Once matured, the mosquito then takes another blood meal on an unaffected animal; leaving the microfilaria behind, infecting the next animal.

While heartworms can affect any mammal, the one I’m going to focus on is the canine. The few things you can do to make sure your canine friend stays heartworm free is get a blood test i.e. 4DX+, annually. Not only does this test screen for heartworm, it also screens for Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasma. On top of that, you want to keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round. There are a couple different types, but most are a flavored tablet your dog will take once a month. Most canines will take it as a treat. There is a treatment for dogs that come up positive, but it lasts several months and can be expensive. Some signs and symptoms to look for are coughing, loss of appetite, intolerance to exercise, and possible weight loss. You also run the risk of the heart or lungs being damaged permanently, so prevention is the best option. So schedule your heart worm test today!

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Welcome to Adopt a Shelter Cat month!

Along with the beautiful weather and flowers, June tends to bring out the amorous side of our feline friends. The ASPCA estimates that there are roughly 70 million stray cats in the United States at any given time. The fertile females of that group can have 1 to 2 litters every year, averaging 4 to 6 kittens per litter. If one third of those 70 million cats are fertile females and they each have 1 litter that year with 5 kittens in the litter, that’s 116,666,666 kittens born that year!

Out of all of those millions of cats, around 3.4 million are received into shelters a year. “Of cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less that 5% of cats who come in as strays are returned to their owners.”* To put that into numbers, 1.3 million will be adopted, but 1.4 million will be euthanized every year.

I think what strikes me the most about all of these numbers I’ve thrown out, is that it all boils down to more cats being euthanized than adopted out. That’s heartbreaking. Shelters work so hard to care for and get as many homes as possible for the kitties they have. We can help them by going to them when its time to bring a new feline into our hearts and homes. Even just spreading the word can greatly help. “According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.”* So, even if you’re not looking for one of your own, get out and advocate and help make Adopt a Shelter Cat month a success!

On a related note, June 4th is International Hug Your Cat day. Help us celebrate by submitting some pictures of you showing your feline friend some love! In return, here are pictures of some of the Winding Hill crew hugging their kitties.

*All figures and quotes come from