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National Heartworm Awareness Month

What is heartworm and is it serious?  Heartworm disease can cause severe damage in your pet’s lungs, hearts or other organs.  The parasitic worms are known as Dirofilaria immitis and spread through a mosquito bite.  As awful as it sounds your dog (or cat) becomes a host for the worms to mature into adulthood, and as the worms grow they can live in your pets organs.  Heartworm is not contagious and cannot be passed from dog to dog and is only spread by the bite of a mosquito.

Heartworm prevention is surprisingly easy and there are many approved products on the market.  Your veterinarian is the best resource to ensure you protect your dog or cat accordingly.  As spring begins mosquitos begin to hatch and the risk factor to your pet’s health increases.  Treatment of heartworm is available at a high cost to the owner and a high risk to your pet. It includes costly x-rays, arsenic based drugs, invasive surgeries.  Prevention is the best treatment.

Should you get your dog tested for heartworm? This is a question to discuss with your vet, however things you should consider are:

How old was your dog when heartworm prevention started? Any dog over 7 months should have an established prevention plan in place.

If your dog has been on heartworm prevention consistently and regularly season to season, did you ever miss a dose or switch from one form of treatment to another? Did you travel recently to an area where heartworm is more common?

Cats can also get heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito, although they are not as susceptible to infection as dogs.  A cat is not a natural host of heartworms because the worms do not thrive as well inside a cat’s body.  Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk for heartworm disease and owners must make responsible decisions to test for and treat their cats.

March 16-22: National Poison Prevention Week

This week in March has been designated as Poison Prevention Week to bring awareness to the signs, and symptoms of poisoning in your dog or cat.  CanEVA PETS is sharing the top 10 items that are potentially life threatening to your 4-legged companion.  Some you are probably aware of and some may surprise you!  See our blog on cannabis intoxication in dogs and cats as the legalization of Marijuana has increased the availability of this product throughout Canada and some of the United States.

DOGS:

Chocolate, Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides), Anti-inflammatory medications, Xylitol (sugar-free gum & more), Grapes & Raisins, Antidepressant Medications, Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol). Vitamin D,

Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD), Fertilizers

CATS:

Lilies (Lilium species), Spot-on flea/tick medication for dogs, Household Cleaners, Antidepressant Medications, Essential Oils, Anti-inflammatory Medications, Mouse & Rat Poisons (rodenticides), Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD), Onions & GarlicVitamin D Overdose

K9 Veterans Day

“The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bought; not so the dog. The soldier sentinel might fall asleep; never the dog. The battlefield runner might fail … but not the dog, to his last breath would follow the line of duty.”

If your Pets had Thumbs Day!

If your pets had thumbs day! Of all the wacky days we celebrate as pet owners, this one is on the top of the list.  Can you imagine what it would be like if our furry loved ones could actually use their paws for good, or for evil? My first thought is, they could actually turn the door knob and let themselves in and out of the house.  If my dog and cat could text me this what it would like!

Testimonials – You heard it hear first!

CanEVA Health Corp. expanded our social media platform and headed out on the road, spreading the benefits of Elk Velvet Antler at Veterinarian conventions across the United States in 2019.  Our convention round-up will premiere right here in March, but in the mean time we would like to share what you, our customers, have to say about CanEVA PET and CanEVA PEOPLE.