HeartwormApril is National Heartworm Awareness Month which is why we want to use this opportunity to educate pet owners about the importance of prevention.

Heartworm is contracted via mosquito bite and can pose a serious threat to pets. Adult heartworms can live for up to five years and have the ability to produce millions of microfilaria. These worms clog major blood vessels leading to the heart which can lead to organ failure in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. By the time a pet is diagnosed with heartworm, they could be carrying hundreds of them. 

Dog TeethDid you know that bad breath can be a sign of dental disease?

If left unaddressed, dental disease can damage your pet's teeth, gums, and internal organs.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.

Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.

 

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