Austin, Tx (PRWEB) April 16, 2014
With the return of warmer weather, mosquitoes that carry the heartworm parasite will increase and create a serious health threat to dogs (cats to a lesser extent can be affected) that are not on a preventative treatment. Heartworm is so named because the worm that infects dogs from a mosquito bite, enters the bloodstream and ends up taking residence in the heart. As the worm multiplies, it causes serious health problems, up to and including death. The major difficulty with heartworm is that its symptoms are practically unnoticeable until advanced stages and then the treatment can be difficult. Prevention as always is the best medicine.
Both the Wells Branch and South Branch Pet and Bird Clinics are again this year offering a limited-time special to help dog owners in Austin get their pets prepared and protected from this serious health threat. Up until May 15th, the clinics will provide a free heartworm test when six months of heartworm protection is purchased. There is a exam and office visit required, the cost of which is $14.95.
"Every year we sadly see cases of heartworm come in our doors when it is tremendously difficult and expensive to treat. The dogs really suffer,“ explains Dr. Savita Wadhwani, head veterinarian at the Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic. “Regular heartworm prevention treatment is really a necessity for a dog and prevents a lot of upset and emotional trauma in the long run for a dog owner. That’s why we run this special every year.”
Concerned dog owners can contact either clinic and set up an appointment for the examination. Both clinics are open seven days a week -weekdays 7am - 9pm, Saturday 8am - 3pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm.
“We love pets. I do this for my own dogs. I really want to see Austin dog owners who so far haven’t been protecting their pets to take advantage of this for their own peace of mind. This condition is prevalent and it takes just one mosquito bite to become infected,” says Dr. Wadhwani.
Again, the special runs until May 15th.
Wells Branch Pet & Bird Clinic
12202 Mo-Pac Expressway
Austin, TX 78758
South Branch Pet & Bird Clinic
403 E. Ben White Ste. F
Austin, TX 78704