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The most dangerous worm of all
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Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and it is the most dangerous of all the worms for our pets.

Think about this: wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm.

When an infected mosquito feeds on your pet's blood, the heartworm larvae enter the blood stream. These larvae mature into worms that can reach up to a scary 30 cm in length!

The worms can eventually become lodged in your pet's heart leading to heart failure. It is at this point that the disease can be fatal. Dogs are more commonly affected by heartworm disease but cats may also be at risk.

Prevention of heartworm is far better than an attempt at a cure but choosing the right heartworm medication can be confusing, especially with so many options on the market.

You need to be aware that many of the intestinal 'all wormer' tablets do not prevent against heartworm infection.

At Riverbank Animal Hospital we recommend a yearly injection for dogs to prevent this deadly disease. We will make sure your pet is protected! Ask us to confirm your pet's heartworm preventin status if you are at all unsure.

         
 
       

Pet Feeding Tips For Top Health

Many people struggle when it comes to feeding their pet and one of the most common questions we get is  "How much should I feed my dog or cat?”
The good news is that the right answer for how much to feed most pets can summarised with some simple rules: 

Invest in a nutritionally balanced diet
Stick to something that’s nutritionally balanced – call in to Riverbank Animal Hospital for free advice. 

Measure, Measure, Measure and be consistent
This is essential if you want to get your pet's portion just right. Stick to the same brand and formula.

Assess if you're feeding too much or too little
We'll be able to help you decide if your pet has a healthy body condition score and you will need to adjust as necessary. 
Call the friendly team at Riverbank Animal Hospital for a free weight assessment appointment.

Don't Forget That Treats Count
Treats are food too, and they’re usually more dense in calories.

Take in to account exercise levels and age of your pet
Younger and more active pets may have a higher calorie requirement than the quieter and older pet. 
Remember that we are the best place to seek advice when it comes to feeding your pet and always keep in mind that every animal is different.

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Exciting news.

We have a brand new product available in the form of a monthly tablet for dogs that prevents both fleas and ticks.

Come in to see us to learn more. Our initial stock has arrived but is selling very fast!

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