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Do you know how heartworm is transmitted?

The transfer process of heartworm begins when a mosquito bites and feeds off an infected dog or cat. This mosquito picks up the juvenile stage of the heartworm in the blood, which are then transmitted to a new host when that mosquito bites an uninfected animal. It then takes approximately 6 months for the heartworm to mature in the blood vessels in the heart, where they can then reproduce and contribute to the environmental problem.

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Beware! Tick season is coming!

Most people are aware of paralysis ticks and the danger they pose to our pets. The life cycle has multiple stages, including the eggs, larvae, nymphs and adult forms. When a tick attaches to their host, they inject a toxin as they feed which causes paralysis in the host. It generally takes about 4 days of attachment before clinical signs start to show- these signs include difficulty eating and drinking as their ability to swallow is affected, difficulty walking or standing, and changes to their normal breathing rate and pattern.

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Flea's- the tip of the iceberg!

Most pet owners know that fleas can irritate their pets skin, causing them to scratch, and some pets may even be allergic to flea bites. But do you know the lifecycle of fleas, and how it is important in their control?

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Operation Wanted: The Desexing Upgrade

Operation Wanted: The Desexing Upgrade

Don't delay this Winter 2017

Do you have a cat or dog that is not yet desexed?

Did you know that some pets, especially cats, can reach sexual maturity and reproduce from just 4 to 6 months of age?

The RSPCA is currently running a program called Operation Wanted which encourages the desexing of dogs and cats between the 1st June to 31st August, 2017. During this period, if you register your pet online first, you will recive a 20% discount when you get your pet desexed. 

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Blood testing and why it is essential for your pet’s health

Blood testing and why it is essential for your pet’s health

Written by Dr Jesse S-Wardle (BVSc (Hons))

At Windaroo Animal Hospital, our patient’s health and well-being is of paramount importance. Our patients are unable to tell us if they are unwell, and illness can be masked even if they appear happy and healthy.

Every patient we see receives a thorough physical examination to assess their health but this unfortunately does not provide us with information about how their internal organs are functioning. A routine blood test provides your veterinary health care team with a window into what your pets internal organs are doing.

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