Hi Everyone,

We want to remind everyone how important it is to make sure your pets are vaccinated every year! There has been a rabies alert issued for Dade County Florida. This is in response to several raccoons that tested positive.

We get this all the time… “My dog/cat never goes outside except to pee or poop, do they really need their vaccinations or heartworm medication?” The answer is YES! Absolutely YES!! Here are some FAQ’s for you

How is Rabies Spread? – When an animal is sick with rabies, the virus is shed in the saliva and can be passed to another animal or a PERSON, usually through a bite. Transmission may also occur if this saliva or the animal’s nervous tissue enters open wounds, the mouth, nose or eyes of another animal or person.

What do rabid animals look like? – They may show strange behavior. They can be aggressive, attacking for no apparent reason. They may not be able to eat, drink or swallow. They may drool because they have difficulty swallowing. They may stagger or become paralyzed. Rabies will kill most animals.

I don’t know about you all but that sounds like Zombie Apocalypse stuff to me. ALL OF THIS CAN BE AVOIDED if you bring your pet to The Pet Stop, or any veterinarians office and receive a rabies vaccine. We charge $17.00. That’s it! What is $17.00 for the year to protect your pet, your family, your children and yourself?

So while I’m here I’m going to give you a quick 411 on how Heartworm Disease is spread.

Heartworm is spread by adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. So to recap.. unless your house is so airtight that one mosquito can’t get in then yes, your pets need to be on prevention. The cost? It can range from $4.50 – $9.00 a month. A small price to pay to protect our pets from this fatal disease.

If you have questions please call our office and speak to our Pet Stop team. We are here to help protect you and your pets.

Chat soon!

Tina