The Special Bond With Your Dog

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Chemical bonding is a lasting attraction between two atoms creating an attraction with opposing charges. Much like this known fact, the bond of a mother and her child is a strong bond just like the bond between a dog and its owner. Many people will describe their dog just like a mother will describe their child to a stranger. According to biological factors of the body, once you have had a close bond with your dog, making eye-contact with a dog releases a chemical called oxytocin in both parties. This same chemical is released when a mother and her child make eye-contact, which is why once your dog is mindful of this bond they will attribute more child-like behaviors. Many dogs after having the realization of the close bond with their owner they will start to share emotions and the most common shared emotion is yawning. Having a great bond with your dog is a good thing not only for the gain of trust of your dog but as well as the happiness that is gained along the way. This is why DV Medical Supply, Inc. believes that the bond between you and your furry friend is a very special once.

Heartworm Disease

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Dirofilaria immitis, aka heartworm, life cycle. Image: wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirofilaria_immitis

Heartworm is a disease that arises through parasitic infestation of Dirofilaria immitis. The dog is the primary host although it can infect cats too and under very rare circumstances even humans. The disease is spread from host to host through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The heartworm inhabits the pulmonary arterial system and the heart of its host. Health problems that arise include damage to the lung vessels and tissues. In serious infections death typically results from congestive heart failure. While dogs all over the United States may become infected with heartworm the risk for infection is higher within 150 miles of the coast from Texas to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River. Many dogs show little to no signs of infection even after the worms become adults. For the first six months of infection, called the prepatent period, the worms are not adults and current diagnostic tests will not be able to detect their presence. Rare symptoms include blindness, seizures, and lameness in the event that a migrating heartworm ends up in the eye, brain or artery in the leg. Sometimes more active dogs will develop a cough. In cases of advanced infection the heartworms will have infested the heart and the animal might exhibits signs of severe weight loss, fainting, coughing up blood, and congestive heart failure finally resulting in death. DV Medical Supply advises clients to encourage preventative treatment among patients.

Safety Tips for Pet Owners for the Fourth of July

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While the sounds and smells of the Fourth of July can be very enjoyable for pet owners this is not so true for their pets. Our furry friends do not understand that the whizzing and booming sounds of fireworks are done in celebration for our Independence Day. To them the holiday can be extremely stress inducing. In preparation for the Fourth of July festivities DV Medical Supply would like to offer pet owners a few tips for the holiday:

  • Keep pets somewhere indoors where they feel comfortable and cannot escape from.
  • Make sure beforehand that your pet has an up to date ID tag or microchip identification on them in the case that they do end up escaping and running away.
  • Even if you are not lighting fireworks debris can end up in your yard that would be dangerous to your pets. Check the yard after the holiday before letting pets out to play.
  • Do not feed your pet human foods. It may be very tempting to indulge your pet in the foods being served during the holiday but common summer treats that humans love can be very toxic to them. For example never feed a pet beer, grapes, or avocado.
  • Keep fireworks away from pets. Even unused fireworks should be monitored since they can be toxic to our curious, furry friends.

National ID Your Pet Day

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DV Medical Supply reminds pet owners that July 1st is National ID Your Pet Day. It is important to make sure pets are secured with proper identification. July 5th is renowned as the busiest day of the year for pet shelters due to runaways fearfully fleeing the firework sounds. With the 4th of July just around the corner it is a great time to make sure pets have updated ID tags on them at all times. A personalized ID tag attached to a fitted collar should include information like your name, home address, and/or phone number. An even more thorough security measure would be to get your pet implanted with a microchip. The microchip would serve beneficial if your pet were to lose or break their collar or ID tag. Taking these precautionary measures could be what makes the difference between your pet being returned home safely or lost permanently.