One of the largest threats in our area to your pet's health is heartworm disease. Heartworms are spread through a mosquito biting and transferring the infection to your pet. With our tropical weather, mosquitos are active nearly all year long leaving lots of heartworm positive dogs in their wake. Thankfully, heartworms can be easily prevented with a once a month prevention, like Heartgard, Iverhart or Trifexis. For this reason, our office recommends a yearly heartworm test and monthly prevention to make sure your pet is protected fully.
There is a lot of debate about a controversial "treatment" of heartworms often referred to as slow kill. We do not consider this a treatment for several reasons. The main reason is there are studies done that after completing the slow kill it changes the immunities in the dog so when they are tested, they test negative. However if those samples are heated, breaking down the immunity, 50% that previously tested negative, tested positive. This is a major concern for the veterinary profession, and also already resulted in a strain of heartworms becoming more and more resistant to the class of drugs used for prevention of heartworms. Thirdly, the slow kill is completed over a span of time of at least a year, an amount of time that can significantly increase the amount of disease the present heartworms are causing to the pet. If you have any questions regarding treatment or prevention, please feel free to contact our office at (910) 628-7178.
Here at South Robeson Vet Clinic we offer the latest in technology with laser surgery for your pet's spay or neuter.
Females: No more heat cycles! Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
Males: Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer. Neutering your cat or dog enables them to focus on their family instead of spraying urine to mark their territory.
Spaying and neutering your pet saves you money, it is far more costly to rear a litter then to spay or neuter your pet. It also aids in fighting the pet overpopulation in our area.