Pets are a part of your family. It’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. According to a PetFinder.com poll, 63% of dog owners and 58% of people with cats give their pets Christmas presents. Even crazier, 2 million people own horses. All kinds of pets are being cared for by people all around the world country. If you own a pet, ask yourself, do I treat my pet like I would a member of my own family. You may play with your pet, buy them presents, and cuddle with them at night, but do you take them to get checkups regularly?
Veterinary clinical diagnostics are needed to let you know how healthy your pet is. Antigen heartworm test, canine heartworm test, equine infectious anemia virus antibody test, and heartworm antigen test are only a few of the benefits of taking your pet to the vet for some veterinary clinical diagnostics. Unless you are able to stay at home all day, there is no telling what your pet is doing 24/7. Most pets, especially dogs, if not properly trained will get inside of the trash and eat old food. One million dogs are estimated to be heartworm positive in the United States each year. This can lead to them getting worms and in some cases only very expensive procedures will be able to remove them all. Heartworm treatment can cost up to $1,000 which makes giving a monthly preventive a bargain in comparison.
Food safety testing is also extremely important in maintaining the health of your pet. Eating the wrong foods can also cause animals to get worms. This can also cause them to get sick and suffer pain. While infected dogs may have 30 or more worms in their heart and lungs, cats usually have 6 or fewer?and may have just one or two. But while the severity of heartworm disease in dogs is related to the number of worm, in cats, just one or two worms can make a cat very ill. Puppies under 7 months of age can be started on heartworm prevention without a heartworm test (it takes at least 6 months for a dog to test positive after it has been infected), but should be tested 6 months after your initial visit, tested again 6 months later and yearly after that to ensure they are heartworm-free.
Your pets are a part of your family and should be treated as such. They depend on you to make sure that they are healthy and protected and in turn they also protect us and help give our lives meaning. If you want to make sure your relationship with your pets is healthy, you first need to make sure your pets are healthy. Have some veterinary clinical diagnostics done on your pets to guarantee they are living happy and healthy lives.