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Annual Heartworm Clinic April 6-11
Updated March 16, 2015 10:19 AM
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(UNDATED) - It's time to have your 4-legged friends tested for tested for heartworm.

Three veterinary practices are offering the tests at reduced prices during the annual heartworm clinic, April 6-11. 

  • Spring Mill Veterinary on State Road 60 East in Mitchell
  • Animal Care Clinic on Mitchell Road in Bedford
  • Bedford Veterinary Medical Centre on Oolitic Road in Bedford
Veterinarian Dr. Jerry Rusch, at Spring Mill Veterinary Service, says dogs being exposed to the mosquitoes which carry the heartworm parasite, puts them at risk of getting heartworms by being bitten. The disease is spread from host to host through those bites.

Pets that go off the preventative or miss a dose should be retested. Treating dogs with heartworm is expensive and difficult because the canine must be quiet for 30 days
Rusch also recommended that dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors or time in the woods be tested for Lyme disease and be vaccinated against the disease which is caused by a tick bite.

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