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Prairie Creek Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Marysville , CA. The professional and courteous staff at Prairie Creek Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.
Prairie Creek Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Marysville , CA and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Prairie Creek Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
April is National Heartworm Month
What Is Heartworm?
A heartworm is a parasitic worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. The worms travel through the bloodstream—harming arteries and vital organs as they go—ultimately completing their journey to the vessels of the lung and the heart chamber about six months after the initial infection. Several hundred worms can live in one dog for five to seven years. Heartworm disease is serious, and can be fatal.
What Causes Heartworm?
Heartworms are transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. The lifecycle of the heartworm is complex. An animal must carry at least two heartworms (a male and a female) in order for female heartworms to reproduce. Females produce babies, called “microfilariae,” which are shed into an animal’s bloodstream but are not capable of directly causing heartworm without first passing through a mosquito. The microfilariae must be taken up by biting mosquitoes, and transform into infective larvae over a two-week period inside the insect. When the mosquito next bites a susceptible animal, the infective larvae enter the tissues and begin a migration into the blood vessels. (Information from the ASPCA)
For more information on heartworm disease please visit the American Heartworm Societey.
Leptospirosis Warning Please be aware that we had a urine PCR positive dog on 9/21/11 who died of complications of Leptovirus infection. Our community is a high risk profile for this disease. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by deer, cattle, goats, sheep, raccoons, skunks and rodents. This disease is transmissible to humans and in dogs and people can cause kidney, liver and pancreatic failure.
Current recommendations are yearly vaccination for leptospirosis in affected areas. If your dog has not been vaccinated in the last two years a series of two vaccines (initial and booster 4 weeks later)is recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines.