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Buena Pet Clinic: CANINE HEARTWORM DISEASE

Dear Patrons of Buena Pet Clinic,

Over the past several years occasional reports of active heartworm disease in the Tucson metro region have circulated in the veterinary community and local media. These reports have been infrequent and largely unsubstantiated personal communications between dog owners that eventually reach the veterinary community. None the less, these reports have been noted by the doctors at Buena Pet Clinic.

Buena Pet Clinic has recently identified two active cases of heartworm disease in dogs from the Tucson mid-town area. Additionally, a recent unpublished report has indicated the presence of heartworm disease in coyotes surveyed on Tucson’s northwest side. In light of these findings, we feel it is necessary to inform our clients that the risk of heartworm disease may be evolving in our community.

So what does this mean to your dog?

It is unclear what this information means to individual dogs in the Tucson community as far as risk for heartworm disease. We feel the risk remains extremely low. In a survey conducted in our clinic, 68 unprotected dogs were tested for heartworm disease. All tested dogs were found to be free of heartworm disease. But we cannot assure that your dog or any dog in Tucson is completely free of the risk to contract this disease.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AS A DOG OWNER IN TUCSON?

It means you may want to consider starting heartworm prevention for your dog. It is easy to do and very cost effective. A monthly chewable tablet protects your dog completely. Before starting treatment, a screening blood test is required. Buena Pet Clinic is offering special pricing on Heartworm testing with the purchase of one year of Heartworm prevention during November and December. Call our office for more information or to schedule your dog for testing. Read the accompanying article to understand how Heartworm disease is transmitted and how your dog may be impacted by Heartworm infection.

900 NORTH SWAN ROAD TUCSON, ARIZONA 85711 Phone: 520-323-9487 Fax: 520-322-0557