PUPPY LOVE: Pet specialists give advice on pet health

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM.

To ensure effectiveness, people should vaccinate their pets before introducing their companions to a new environment or strangers, she said.

Vaccines cost about $20 each, which is less than paying for medical treatments should health problems arise, Johnson said.


Heartworms — spread from host to host through mosquito bites — result from larvae entering dogs' bloodstream.

 Within six months, the larvae can form adult heartworms, which can damage canines' hearts.

"Heartworms around here are all year round because it does not get cold enough to kill mosquitoes," Guthre said.

Preventive medication can be purchased at retail stores and veterinarian clinics.

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