VCA Greenhaven Pocket Animal Hospital

Keep dogs safe from heartwroms year-round

By Hints from Heloise
Published: January 26, 2013

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Dear Readers: In the winter months, many people may thing that they don't need to give their pets heartworm pills, especially in the far northern states, where winter really settles in. This is not true! The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm prevention year-round, even in seasonal areas. Here are several reasons:

  • You can never guarantee that mosquitoes are no longer a threat. Even areas with cold winters can have unseasonable warm periods.
  • Mary heartworm preventatives also treat for intestinal parasites, like hookworms, roundworms and whipworms, so monthly treatment is good to prevent other problems, too.
  • Many companies guarantee their product. If your dog becomes heartworm positive while on their product, they will pay for treatment. But you must be able to prove that they were on it consistently.

The benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Heartworms can be anywhere from 4-12 inches and are deadly. Heartworm prevention is much less expensive that the treatment, much safe and much easier for your beloved dog!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care hospitals.

Vista- Emergency & Referral Center @ 916-231-4445, 7425 Greenhaven Drive, Sacramento, Ca 95831  

Mueller Pet Medical Center @916-428-9202, 7625 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, Ca. 95832

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center @ 916-362-3111, 9801 Old Winery Place, Sacramento, CA 95827

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