Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Human aren't the only ones who get spring fever. Your dog, who may have only went outside to take care of business the past several months, is anxious to get out there to dig holes and go on long walks with you. If your cats go outside, they too are ready to soak up some of the sun's rays outdoors and not just be content to sunbathe inside. As much as you share in your pets' enthusiasm, it's important to remember that spring brings many new possibilities for pet poisoning.
Heartworm disease causes serious complication in dogs and cats and can even be fatal to them. The heartworm is approximately one foot long and lives inside the lungs, heart, and blood vessels of affected animals. In addition to house pets, heartworms may be found in ferrets, coyotes, wolves, sea lions, and foxes. Wild species are thought to be a primary carrier of heartworm disease. When left untreated, heartworms can cause heart failure and severe lung disease as well as damage to internal organs.
An enthusiastic greeting when you walk through the door after a long day at work. A sloppy kiss. A warm snuggle with the loudest purr you have ever heard. These are just some of the reasons you love your dog or cat so much. The bonds that people form with their pets are just as meaningful to them as those they form with other people, if not more so. You are naturally attached to anyone you live with and care for every day, regardless of his or her species. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now is a perfect time to celebrate the amazing bond you share with your dog or cat.