VCA McClave Animal Hospital

April Is Feline Heart Prevention Month!

By VCA McClave
Published: April 07, 2014

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We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but this April, we want to shift the focus from afternoon showers to a much more threatening occurrence " feline heartworm disease. It has been diagnosed in all 50 states, putting cats all over the country at risk. Discussing heartworm prevention with your veterinarian at your annual preventive care examination is important, since mosquitos transmit this disease.
In honor of Heartworm Prevention Month, you should speak with your veterinarian to assess your individual cats health care plan and risk of heartworm disease. Below are the signs associated with heartworm disease:

• anorexia         • fainting
• blindness      • lethargy
• collapse         • rapid heart rate
• convulsions   • sudden death
• coughing        • vomiting
• diarrhea          • weight loss
• difficulty breathing

Additional Resources:

Feline Heartworm Disease and HARD
AAFP resource with stats and a list of symptoms associated with HARD.

KNOW Heartworms
KNOW Heartworms is an awareness campaign cosponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Heartworm Society and funded by an educational grant from Pfizer Animal Health. The campaign was created to raise awareness of feline heartworm disease and HARD. The website focuses on the "Five Myths and Misunderstandings" of feline heartworm disease.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)
CAPC fosters animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections.

The American Heartworm Society (AHS)
AHS has the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about heartworm disease, including guidelines for diagnosing, treating, and preventing heartworms in cats, a feline heartworm animation, a glossary of heartworm-related terms, and a "Just for Kids" page.

Mention this article at your next visit and receive a feline heartworm awareness education packet and 1 free application of heartworm preventative medication


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA McClave Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 818-881-5102. We are located at 6950 Reseda Blvd. Reseda, CA 91335.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.