(802) 773-4771

Rutland Office
159 River Street, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-4771

Monday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Ludlow Office
185 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-5700

Monday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

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Heartworm Disease In Your Pets 

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including (in rare instances) humans. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that become infected with microfilariae, the pupal stage of the heartworm, while taking a blood meal from an infected dog. Within the mosquito, the microfilarie mature into the infective larval stage. When the mosquito then bites another dog, cat, or susceptible animal, the larvae are deposited on the skin and actively migrate into the new host. It takes a total of approximately six months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms that begin producing offspring. Adult heartworms can live for 5-7 years in the dog, and 2-3 years in the cat. Medications used to prevent heartworm infections are called preventives. Preventives kill the heartworm larvae before they have a chance to grow and mature into adult heartworms. A number of heartworm preventives are available to pet owners today. Some heartworm preventives contain additional ingredients that will control other parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms. A monthly preventive should be given to all pets. Remember that mosquitoes can get indoors, so even though your pet may not go outside, he is still susceptible. 

Pet Emergency? New Red Cross App Helps You Find Accredited Pet Hospitals

If your pet ran into the street and got hit by a car, or if he got into a fight with another dog at the dog park, do you know where you would take him for emergency care? If you were too far to take him to your regular veterinarian, where would you turn next, and how would you know to trust the care your pet received? Luckily for pet owners, peace of mind is just a touch away!

The AAHA-Accredited Hospital Locator tool makes it easy for you to find expert veterinary care at accredited hospitals. Thanks to the American Red Cross' new pet first aid mobile phone app, you can now locate an accredited hospital with just the tap of a screen. 

Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals to be featured in the new Red Cross app. The app features AAHA-accredited hospitals in its Vet Hospital Locator tool, which helps you find an accredited hospital when searching based on your current location. Searching by your current location helps you find the closest accredited hospital in times of emergency. 

Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are only the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state and provincial regulations. These hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Veterinary care teams at AAHA-accredited practices are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Veterinary care teams at AAHA-accredited practices are ready and willing to provide the best care to pets and strive to provide you with the best customer care.

The new app also offers tips and resources for troubleshooting emergency situations when en route to the vet. You can also create profiles for your pet to have on hand in case of emergency, complete with medications, notes about medical history, and veterinarian contact information. The Pet First Aid app by the American Red Cross is available for both iPhone and Android for 99 cents. 

Know Your Pet's Normals

What is "normal" for your dog or cat? Often pet owners do not notice gradual changes in their pets until a change reaches the extreme, landing them in an emergency situation. 

Take some time to observe your pet at home and find his "normals". Once you get a feel for what is normal for your pet, you'll be more tuned in to small changes that may occur. These may be normal changes due to aging or environment, or may be something more serious. Being observant and knowing what is normal for  your pet can help your veterinarian provide the best care possible. 

If you notice extreme changes you should notify your veterinarian immediately because the signs of illness you describe could require prompt medical attention.

Some of the "normals" you can observe at home include:

  • Gum and tongue color- These should be pink in color (with certain breed exceptions). Gums that are usually pink but have turned pale, white, or blue should be checked by a veterinarian immediately. 
  • Respiratory rate- When your pet is resting or sleeping, watch the rise and fall of his chest. Each rise and fall composes one breath. Generally, most dogs and cats should have a resting respiratory rate under 40 breaths per minute. The rate will be higher with activity, which is why it is important to monitor this "normal" when your pet is resting or sleeping. 
  • Energy and activity level- Observe how often and for how long your pet plays on an average day. Also observe their behavior after play. Does she tire quickly and become short of breath after 5 minutes of play when she used to be able to play for 20 minutes without tiring? Is your pet typically social and playful, but now suddenly aloof and disinterested in play?
  • Appetite and thrist- Does your pet usually eat all of the food you offer him right away, or does he graze on his food thoughout the day? How often do you need to fill up the water bowl each day? Is there a sudden increase in the amount of water your pet is drinking? 
Remember to contact your veterinarian when you notice anything out of the ordinary with your pet. Doing so may save his life! 

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