We have all seen vision of our Southern neighbours suffering from extreme bush fires; images of people and entire communities losing almost everything, not to mention the thousands of domestic, livestock and native animals that have been killed, injured and lost their homes and habitat.
We believe the most useful way to support and care from this distance is to donate money to your favourite, reputable charity groups represented on the ground in the fire zones, be they supporting our fellow humans, farmers or the wildlife.
These charity groups can then source exactly what they require - and also choose to spend the money locally in their regions thus supporting the businesses and vets in specific needed locations.
Please find helpful fire disaster information and options for donating at:
January... Heartworm… know the facts!
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease characterised by large, parasitic worms that can infest the heart. It is a serious disease that can cause heart failure, lung disease, organ damage and death.
Heartworm is spread to dogs by mosquito bites.
remains a risk across Australia; all dogs need to be protected.
It is possible to treat heartworm infection, but the treatments can cause serious complications and are expensive – prevention is better than cure.
Protecting your Dog from Heartworm:
There are a number of ways to protect your dog from heartworm. Your vet will guide you through your options, so you can choose what’s best for your dog and your situation.
Once-a-month vs year-round prevention:
Some heartworm prevention products are once-a-month, but there is also year-round prevention that your vet can recommend. If you think you might have trouble remembering to give your dog their heartworm medicine every month, ask your vet about year-round prevention. It is important to ensure your dog is protected for the full year.
** 40% of dogs that recently tested 'heartworm-positive' were on owner-administered treatments.**
Test for Heartworm before starting treatment.
Our vets recommend it. Testing is performed in the clinic and requires a small blood sample. Results are provided in 10 minutes or less.
Ask the friendly staff at your nearest Tropical Vet Services Clinic about receiving
a FREE HEARTWORM test today!
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