May Monthly Focus: Heartworm Disease and Protection

Where are Heartworms found?

Heartworms have been found in all 50 states, although certain areas have a higher risk of heartworm than others. Some very high-risk areas in18157007_1296604147043948_90092617426822473_nclude large regions, such as near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and along river tributaries. Most states have “hot spots” where the heartworm infection rate is very high compared with other areas in the same state. Factors affecting the level of risk of heartworm infection include the climate (temperature and humidity), the species of mosquitoes in the area, presence of mosquito breeding areas and presence of animal “reservoirs” (such as infected dogs, foxes or coyotes).

Heartworm Testing:

Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better chance the pet will recover. There are few, iwhen-to-do-a-heartworm-testf any early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test administered by a veterinarian is important. The test requires just a small blood sample from your pet, and it works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins. Some veterinarians process heartworm tests right in their hospitals while others sent the samples to a diagnostic laboratory. In either case, results are obtained quickly. If you pet tests positive, further tests may be ordered.

Heartworm Facts:

Can I skip giving my dog his preventative during colder months, when there aren’t any mosquitoes?

A: The American Heatworm Society recommends year-round heartworm prevention. One reason is, there’s already a serious problem with people forgetting to give their dogs the heartworm preventatives. It’s a universal problem. heartworm-preventionNow if you use it year-round, and you miss a month, your dog will probably still be protected. But if you miss more than one or two months your dog could become infected. The other reason not to stop is that many of the preventatives today also include an intestinal parasite control for roundworms, whipworms or tapeworms. You want your dog to be protected against those at all times.

How can I prevent my dogs from getting heartworms?

A: For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease in your dog. There are monthly pills, treat_photomonthly topical treatments that you put on the skin, and there’s also a six-month injectable product. The damage that’s done to that dog and the cost of the treatment is way more than the cost to prevent heartworm disease. A year’s supply of heartworm preventative will cost about $50 to $100 depending on a dog’s weight.

What are the symptoms of heartworm infestations in dogs?

A: Initially, there are no symptoms. But as more and more worms crowd the heart and lungs, most dogs will develop adownload cough. As it progresses, they won’t be able to exercise as much as before; they will become winded easier. With severe heartworm disease, we can hear abnormal lung sounds, dogs can pass out from the loss of blood to the brain, and they can retain fluids. Eventually, most dogs will die if the worms are not treated.

Can people get heartworms from their dogs?

A: It can only be passed on by mosquitoes. It’s a specific parasite that only affects dogs, cats, ferrets and other mammals. In rare cases, 18119543_1296577887046574_4347796156893153825_nheartworms have infected people, but it does not complete its life cycle. The heartworm will migrate to the lung and cause a round lesion that looks like a tumor. But these are very rare cases.

If one of my dogs has heartworms, can it give it to my other dogs?

A: No. Again the only way heartworms are transmitted is though the bite of an infected mosquito.

Heartworms in Cats:

Signs of heartworm disease in cats can be very subtle or very dramatic. Symptoms may include coughing, asthma-like attacks, periodic vomiting, lack of appetite or weight loss. Occasionally anheartworm-in-cats affected cat may have difficulty walking, experience fainting or seizures, or suffer from fluid accumulation in the abdomen. Unfortunately, the first sign in some cases is sudden collapse of the cat, or sudden death.


Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and Ticks

Spring is here, ana_60_header_fleasd with it comes an increase in pesky creatures that bring discomfort and disease to our pets.  Ticks and fleas are present in our area all year, but you can expect to see an increase with the arrival of warm weather.  Prevention of tick bites and flea infestation is an important part of your pet’s health care.


Tick bites transnexgardmit many diseases to our pets including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia.  North Carolina often has one of the highest rates of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the country and diseases like Lyme Disease continue to spread into our state.  These diseases cause serious illness and sometimes death in our pets, so their prevention is extremely important.  The best way to prevent these diseases is with effective tick control products.  There are many options that include both oral and topical treatments.  Our staff will be happy to discuss with you the product that is best for your pet.

If you find a tick on your pet it should be removed with tweezers.  Grasp the tick as close as possible to the prevent-tick-disease-cat-fbskin and use slow, steady pressure to pull it out.  It is best to wear protective gloves when you remove a tick because you can become infected with tick borne diseases from blood or tick saliva.


There is a vaccine available for Lyme Diseases in dogs and our staff can discuss this vaccine with you to determine if your dog should be vaccinated.  However, it is important to remember that most tick borne diseases have no vaccine to prevent them.  This means tick bite prevention is extremely important for your pet’s health.


Fleas are the other adinfo_flea_life_cyclecommon parasite we see increase with warm weather.  It is important to remember that most of the flea’s life cycle is not on your pet, but rather in the environment.  This means that by the time you see one adult flea, there is usually a big flea problem in your pet’s environment.  It can take months to get a flea infestation under control.  Preventing the problem in the first place can save both you and your pet a great deal of misery!

Ask us about convenient products for both tick and flea control.


Boarding at Mayfair Animal Hospital

Hank and Myrtle have seen many boarders coming and going this month!

Myrtle               Hank

Boarding at Mayfair Animal Hospital in Cary, North Carolina

MIMG_6177ayfair Animal Hospital offers a comfortable, climate-controlled facility for boarding of your dog or cat.   The mission of our kennel team is to treat your beloved pet with the same loving care as they do their own pets.


 Boarding Policies

For your pet’s protection all animals that board must be current on vaccinations and free of internal and external parasites.  Dogs are required to be current on their distemper/parvo, rabies and bordetella vaccine as well as have had a negative fecal float examination within the 12 months prior to boarding.  Cats are required to be current on their distemper and rabies vaccines.  Both dogs and cats must have no evidence of fleas.  If your pet received vaccines/medical care at another facility, please haIMG_6107ve the records forwarded to us prior to dropping off for boarding if possible.  Our client services team would be happy to assist you in requesting your pet’s medical records from another facility.  All medications to be administered to pets while boarding must be in the original packaging (i.e. prescription vial with appropriate label).


 Boarding For Our Canine Guests


In our canine boarding facility, we offer a variety of individual kennels and runs for different sizes of dogs including extra-large runs for sibling pets to stay together.  Our canine guests are given lots of love and attention and taken for walks at least three times daily in our spacious, fenced, outdoor play area.  IMG_6493

Boarding For Our Feline Guests


At Mayfair Animal Hospital, we have been providing the best possible veterinary care for our patients since 1970
At Mayfair Animal Hospital, we have been providing the best possible veterinary care for our patients since 1970

In our feline lounge every cat is given their own private window with a comfortable bed and view of the outside including a bird feeder.  To decrease stress for our cat boarders, the feline lounge is in an area separate from our canine boarders.




February: National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

Feb Monthly Focus (1)click the link to request an appointment

Have you ever taken an online test to determine your “Real Age?” If so, perhaps you’ve noticed that among all the questions about diet, exercise, and family health history, there are also questions about how often you visit your dentist and floss your teeth. That’s because healthy teeth and gums are essential for overall general wellbeing. This is true for our pets as well. For people, we know that gingivitis and periodontitis can increase the chance of dying by 23-46%, and may be associated with diseases such as Diabetes, heart disease and possibly even cancer. In fact, risk of premature death is twice as high in people under 50 years of age with advanced periodontal disease.


We do not yet have similar data for cats and dogs, but we do know from experience that maintaining a healthy mouth improves quality of life for our pets and strengthens the human/companion animal bond. (it’s difficult to get up close & personal with serious dog breath!)


Unfortunately, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3, and this will only worsen if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Preventive care can help protect your pet and catch problems before they become more serious. This includes both home dental care and professional dental services. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we will be providing a $25 discount on professional dental services throughout the month. Professional dental services at Mayfair Animal Hospital are performed under general anesthesia and include a thorough oral health evaluation, scaling and polishing the teeth, dental X-rays, and treatment of problems that are identified.


We will also be highlighting Pet Dental Health on Facebook, so make sure you check our page daily for more information on ways we can partner together to take care of your dog’s or cat’s pearly whites. If you will give us a call or stop by, we’d be happy to discuss options for home care as well.


While we will be talking more about dental health this month, the doctors and staff at Mayfair Animal Hospital understand that oral health care is a year-round, lifelong concern. It’s just one of the ways we want to work with you to make sure your pet lives a long and happy life!



Adventures of Hank and Myrtle!

Say hello to Hank and Myrtle, Mayfair Animal Hospital’s bull and cow!

Our unofficial mascots of the hospital, Hank and Myrtle, are hanging on the wall in the front lobby!  Take a peek at how cute they are:

Hank Myrtle

Cow Knowledge

Cows are members of the sub-family ‘Bovinae’ of the family ‘Bovidae’. This family also includes Gazelles, Buffalo, Bison, Antelopes, Sheep and Goats.

  • A cow is a female animal that has had at least one calf.
  • A heifer is a female animal that has never had a calf. Once a heifer has a calf, she automatically becomes a cow.
  • A bull is a mature male animal that is used for breeding.
  • A steer is a male animal that has been castrated.

Our Hank is a “bull”.  Myrtle is a “heifer”.

Lobby Hank and Myrtle

Hank and Myrtle get to see all the clients and patients that come in.  Stay tuned for their adventures here in our front lobby!

Protecting Your Dog From Canine Influenza

What is Canine Influenza?

Canine Flu- How to Keep Dog Safe

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory illness in dogs.  It is spread by contact with an infected dog or contact with contaminated objects.  CIV causes fever, lethargy, sneezing, and coughing.  Most cases are self limiting, but some cases will progress to serious illness and sometimes death.  The disease occurs year round throughout the US.  There are currently two strains of CIV present in North America.


How do I know if my dog has been exposed?

Canine Flu- Recognizing Symptoms

Dogs with CIV are contagious before they appear sick. Since CIV is easily spread and can cause serious illness, protection is important. Protection should include keeping your dog away from obviously sick dogs and practicing good hygiene in areas where dogs congregate.  However, dogs can spread CIV before they appear sick,

What do we recommend?

Vaccination is important. We recommend vaccination with a bivalent CIV vaccine that protects against both strains of the virus.  At Mayfair Animal Hospital our primary concern is keeping your pet healthy.  Please contact us if you have further questions about Canine Influenza or would like to schedule an appointment to have your dog vaccinated.

Canine Flu- Get The Shot

Senior Pet Screening

Regular preventative care is even more important for senior dogs and cats to help prevent or delay the onset of diseases that older pets are more susceptible to including kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, organ failure, osteoarthritis, hormone disorders to name a few.

At Mayfair Animal Hospital, our specialized senior care screenings will help us determine the health of your pet and check for potential underlying conditions. For dogs and cats seven years and older, we recommend:

  • A Physical Exam – an important part of the senior care program. Our veterinarians will perform a comprehensive physical exam to check for any abnormalities.
  • Blood Chemistry Testing – measures the levels of various substances in the blood, and aids in diagnosing common diseases such as diabetes, liver, and kidney disease.
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) – provides a detailed look at the different blood cells, and helps us diagnose anemia, infection, or dehydration.
  • Thyroid Screen (T4) – helps our veterinarians diagnose thyroid disease which is a common ailment in older dogs and cats.
  • Urinalysis – gives us detailed information about kidney function, aids in the diagnosis of diabetes, checks for urinary tract infections, and can alert us about any abnormalities that could lead to kidney or bladder stones.

We are here to help you in providing your pet with the best and most comprehensive senior veterinary care so that he or she has the healthiest and happiest quality of life throughout their golden years. Please give us a call today to schedule a senior wellness screening for your senior dog or cat.

Mayfair Animal Hospital
At Mayfair Animal Hospital, we have been providing the best possible veterinary care for our patients since 1970