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Halifax County Veterinary Center is a full-service veterinary medical clinic located in Halifax, Virginia. The professional and courteous staff at Halifax County Veterinary Center seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care as well as boarding services for their highly valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care for horses and cattle herds and health-related educational opportunities for our livestock and companion animal clients. Halifax County Veterinary Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Halifax, South Boston and surrounding areas in Southside, Virginia and North Central North Carolina. Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary or boarding services. Our staff is eager to let you know how Halifax County Veterinary Center can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet, horse or livestock herd.
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional pet health care information.
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To serve the Lord by providing high quality veterinary medical care in a courteous and compassionate manner. We will do this by valuing each other and our clientele. We will put others first and hustle while we wait. We will know our roles and strive to exceed expectations. We will utilize modern technology, seek knowledge, and not forget the people involved.
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APRIL: PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH
American Red Cross has a wonderful application to help you in first aid for your pets. It can give you first aid tips, animal hospital locator, profile information of your pet, early warning signs to when to contact your veterinarian, and how to prepare and make prevention and emergency plans. You can go to the Apple App store or Google Play to download this application. For more information go to redcross.org/mobileapps. You can save your pets life with a little first aid knowledge.
APRIL: HEARTWORM AWARENESS MONTH
First of all, heartworms can be prevented! Use a heartworm preventative monthly. There are options out there. For example, there are products like Heartgard that you give your pet once a month and it is a chewable treat that helps prevent heartworms and some intestinal worms. There are shots like Proheart that you can get injected every 6 months. Then there are topical treatments like Revolution that you apply between the animal's shoulder blades monthly. PREVENTION IS THE KEY! Heartworm disease can be a long gurgling disease.
Signs and symptoms only show up later in the disease. It takes at least 6 months for animals to test positive after infection. If your pet has coughing, having trouble breathing, exercise intolerance, and wheezing. Worms can also migrate to other parts of the body like the brain, eyes, and spinal cord.
What are heartworms?
Heartworms are worms that come from an affected mosquito. The mosquito bites dogs or cats and transfers the worm through their salvia into the animal's bloodstream. There they travel throughout the bloodstream where they molt and grow bigger. They end up in the arteries, the heart, and lungs. When they end up in the heart and lungs, this is where the signs and symptoms usually will show. They can cause lung disease, heart failure, and do damage to the major organs. The affected mosquito can go by and bite another animal infecting that animal and that is how it is transmitted.
Treatment can be very costly and very dangerous. First, we need to test your pet. We take a small amount of blood for the test. Your pet needs to be tested once a year starting at around 6 and then 12 months of age. Puppies can start heartworm treatment around 7 months of age. Once the heartworms have been confirmed, the vet can go over their recommendations for treatment. It depends on the age and how far the disease has progressed. You want to always limit activity. The more active the animal the more the worms can move through their body and blood. We want to try to keep them as stable as possible. Typically, you would want to start your pet on some type of antibiotic like Doxycycline for at least a month or two. This helps keep infection down when the worms dies and when they secrete a form of toxic bacteria. Then you would want to give your pet Heartgard once every two weeks. This will help kill some of the worms. Then, your vet can decide whether or not to give a shot that will kill the worms and keep them hospitalized over night. After that shot, then they usually would need to get two more shots around a month after the first and stay hospitalized for another two nights. These shots can be very difficult on their systems and be very expensive. So, it is a lot easier, safer, and cheaper to just do your monthly heartworm preventative.
It is recommended to do heartworm preventative all year round due to the worms taking around 6 months to develop and show up on the test as well as mosquitos being out longer in areas due to milder winters.
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Here is a picture from American Heartworm Society of how bad heartworms can infest your pet's heart
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