Heartworm can have devastating consequences for your pet, including death. It is especially tragic when dogs and cats succumb to heartworm disease when it’s entirely preventable. Now that warm weather is finally here, your dog or cat has a much greater likelihood of acquiring heartworm just by being outside since the most common route of transmission is a bite from an infected mosquito.
Consider all the joy and love your dog brings into your life. Now, imagine if you could take measures to help your dog live longer with a better quality of life. Wouldn’t you want to return the happiness your dog provides you for years to come?
Part of being a responsible pet parent is keeping your four-legged family member free from harm -- especially poison-related emergencies, which are so often preventable in the first place. It's a good idea to always have the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handy (888-426-4435); they are definitely your best resource if you think your pet has ingested or come into contact with a potentially poisonous substance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Annually, they receive over 180,000 calls!
In honor of Poison Prevention Week we've compiled a list of the top 5 toxins most commonly ingested by pets -- and reported to the APCC -- in 2016.
There is nothing you can do that will better ensure your pet's good health and longevity than to maintain a regular schedule of preventive care exams. Not only do these exams help protect your pet's health, they help protect your financial well-being also. Allowing us the opportunity to catch issues while they are still at their earliest and most treatable is an obvious benefit, but less apparent is that it simply costs less to prevent disease rather than treat it. For example, take the cost of a monthly heartworm preventive versus the $1,000 or more it would cost to treat an infected dog. And for a cat, the heartworm prevention is priceless since there are no treatments for feline infection.
With bull fertility being the single biggest factor determining the success of your calf crop, it just makes sense to ensure you're getting what you expect from your bulls. In fact, it is estimated that fertility as a production measure is 5 to 10 times more important economically than any other metric. Fertility testing can help make sure your bulls have the right stuff to properly service your herd.
Generally speaking bulls are rarely completely infertile, but sub-fertility is common and can affect up to 20 percent of bulls. Sub-fertile bulls may still impregnate females, but it will take more attempts and a longer period of time to do so. These delays can affect the number of calves weaned and the size of your weaned calves come sale time, negatively affecting your profit. Fertility testing prior to the start of the breeding season can alert you to fertility issues that will affect your season and allow time to treat them and retest or replace the bull, depending on the source of the issue.