Well, itâs that time of the year again. Time to toss my dog coat in the back of the closet and hide those socks and dog boots my human insists I wear to protect my paws from the ice, snow and salt duringÂ our winter walks.
You know what else happens this time of year?
Annual Heartworm Test and Veterinary Check Up
Heartworm testing is just one of my regular veterinarian visits throughout the year. Each vet visit is an opportunity for me to get checked out, step on the scale, ask any questions, and bring up any concerns I may have about my health, with my vet.
Now I wonât lie, having blood taken is not at the top of my list of favourite things to do. But my humom tells me having a small amount of blood taken by my vet tech, while not the most pleasant for me, only takes a minute and is a very important part of continuing to be a healthy pet.
My blood sample will be sent away for testing to make sure I am healthy and there is no indication of heartworms. As well, my sample willÂ be checked for any indication of Lyme disease that can be transmitted by those nasty ticks.
Once I get the call from my veterinarian that all isÂ well with my blood work, my humom can begin my heartworm and tick preventative medication.
Other than havingÂ a needle poke me, my vet visit went very well. Â My veterinarian said my weight is great and I’m looking fit and healthy, which makes me and my humom very happy!
Of course it’s important to end any veterinary visit on a positive note: Enjoying one of my favourite treats from the jar my vet keeps in the waiting room đ
For more information about regular pet health checkups, pet care and pet safety tips,Â The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has a wonderful and resourceful site to assist current pet owners or those considering pet ownership in the future.
For some, necessary and emergency veterinary care for their pets can be a financial hardship, but with the help of organizations like The Farley Foundation, there is help. Speak with your veterinarian if you or someone you know, could benefit from funding from The Farley Foundation.