Save 30% off all NULO and ACANA pet food at Argyle Feed Store this June.
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April is heartworm awareness month. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as roundworms and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection.
Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. The map below shows particularly endemic areas based on the number of cases reported by clinics.
First, adult female heartworms release their young, called microfilariae, into an animal’s bloodstream. Then, mosquitoes become infected withmicrofilariae while taking blood meal from the infected animal. During the next 10 to 14 days, the microfilariae mature to the infective larval stage within the mosquito. After that, the mosquito bites another dog, cat or other susceptible animals, and the infective larvae enter through the bite wound. It then takes a little over 6 months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms. In dogs, the worms may live for up to 7 years. Microfilariae cannot mature into adult heartworms without first passing through a mosquito.
For both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as the number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years and after repeated mosquito bites.
Recently infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease, while heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs, including a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss.
Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very non-specific, mimicking many other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease, when the heartworms enter a blood vessel and are carried to the pulmonary arteries, are often mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, when in fact they are actually due to a syndrome newly defined as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).
Heartworm infection in apparently healthy animals is usually detected with blood tests for a heartworm substance called an “antigen” ormicrofilariae, although neither test is consistently positive until about seven months after infection has occurred.
Heartworm infection may also occasionally be detected through ultrasound and/or x-ray images of the heart and lungs, although these tests are usually used in animals already known to be infected.
Because heartworm disease is preventable, the AHS recommends that pet owners take steps now to talk to their veterinarian about how to best protect their pets from this dangerous disease. Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive. While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so it is imperative that disease prevention measures be taken for cats.
There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in both dogs and cats, including daily and monthly tablets and chewables, monthly topicals and a six-month injectable product available only for dogs. All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be completely prevented. These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease.
Consult with your veterinarian about the best prevention program for your pet.
Source: American Heartworm Society
Happy Pawlidays from ACANA Pet Food! Between December 1 – 24, buy any bag of ACANA dog food and save! Receive $5 off large bags, $3 off medium bags, $2 off small bags just in time for the Pawlidays. See us in-store for more details.
Made from farm-fresh ingredients in their state-of-the-art DogStar Kitchen in Kentucky, all of their recipes are formulated to a Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient standards. ACANA Red Meat dog food is nutrient-dense and high in protein, nourishing dogs completely with whole ranch-raised beef, Yorkshire pork, and grass-fed lamb. With rich inclusions of quality animal ingredients, ACANA dog food uses meat, organs, cartilage, and bone, delivering the nutrients dogs need naturally.
Stop by Argyle Feed Store to save on ACANA pet food today.
Keep your pets and animals on your holiday shopping list this season. Argyle Feed’s Holiday Gifts for Pets guide includes items for the horse and pet lover.
Horse folks can choose from a selection of horse blankets, bridals, halters and leads in our tack department, brushes and stall snacks.
Pet’s need treats too! A new collar or leash, toys, pet treats, pet foods, and a thunder shirt to keep them feeling comforted during the excitement of the holidays or fireworks.
Stuff your pet’s stockings at Argyle Feed Store this holiday season. Ask any of our staff for ideas, they’re here to help you.
According to AAA and Best Western International, 50% of U.S. owners travel with their pets. With this in mind, here are some safety tips to make traveling with your pet safe and enjoyable.
Article Source: Nutrena
Stop by Argyle Feed Store for all your pet food and supply needs today!
This July, Argyle Feed Store is having a great promotion on Zignature dog food:
Zignature is formulated to serve your canine companions needs by delivering the highest quality, well-balanced diets. Zignature’s limited ingredient formula uses No Potatoes, No Grain, No Chicken, No Eggs, No Glutens, No Tapioca, No Corn & No Soy. Their Single Animal Protein Formulas are extremely palatable which encourages a healthy appetite to provide high-quality protein for strong muscles. Antioxidant from fruits, legumes, and vegetables with added vitamins & minerals help to maintain optimum nutrition for all life stages of your canine companion. With Zignature, you can be assured you are giving your canine the best!
Dogs are carnivores by nature and do best on a meat-based diet. Their teeth, their digestive systems, and their behavior clearly confirm this fact. Zignature delivers a complete and balanced diet to your canine. The first protein in our recipes is derived from meat. Meat is the first ingredient. Zignature believes in exceeding your expectations in pet nutrition with the finest blend of meats, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and oils available.
Argyle Feed Store carries 4 formulas from this brand.
Kangaroo Formula- Made with quality Kangaroo meat from Australia. Kangaroo is an exceptional source of complete protein, with virtually no saturated fat. It contains nearly twice the Vitamin B12 as other meats and is rich in Iron, essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, other B Vitamins, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Our nutritionally correct ratio of vegetable rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.
Lamb Formula- Made with Lamb from the farmlands of New Zealand. A staple source of complete protein, Lamb provides Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese, and is rich in Vitamin A and B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Selenium. Our nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.
Trout & Salmon Meal Formula- Made with Trout and Salmon from the cold waters of the Northwestern USA. Trout provides a high-quality source of complete protein loaded with essential heart-friendly Omega-3 Fatty Acids, is rich in Vitamin B12, and provides Niacin, B6, Phosphorus, and Selenium. Our nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.
Zssentials Formula- Zssential’s Multi-Source Protein recipe is made from Turkey and Turkey Meal from the American Midwest, Salmon from the Northwest, Duck Meal from France, and Lamb Meal from New Zealand. Zssential is exceptionally high in protein, low in saturated fat, and is loaded with heart-friendly essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin B12 and Selenium, while being a good source of Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, and Phosphorus. Our nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.
School’s Out for Summer! No homework, no books, no responsibility; just summertime fun. But this also marks the beginning of the summer season of heat and humidity; a time when we need to be more cognizant of how summer temperatures can affect our pets.
Unlike people, dogs and cats do not have sweat glands in their skin and therefore cannot cool by perspiration and evaporation. Panting is their only way for cooling off. As temperatures and humidity rise, this method becomes less efficient. Dogs and cats have a baseline body temperature of 100 to 102 degrees, and their organs begin to shut down at 106 degrees.
So how do we protect our pets from the summer heat and keep them safe and cool? Let’s check out some summer dog care tips below.
Don’t keep your pets in parked cars. Research from San Francisco State University suggests that in 10 minutes, the temperature inside a car rises by 19 degrees. After 30 minutes it goes up 34 degrees; and after an hour, the temperature soars by 43 degrees.
Be careful with high-risk dogs. Animals cool by panting, and those that can’t breathe particularly well have the highest risk for health problems during the summer. This includes brachycephalic dogs or those that have a short snout or are flat-faced – like bulldogs and pugs. Pay special attention to seniors and overweight pets, too. If your pet ever breathes in and out in a noisy way, he may have some trouble with airflow, which in turn means he may have a harder time cooling off.
Provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water. Ice cubes in the water bowl work well. Many pets also like to say cool in a kiddie pool or sprinkler. If you use a hose to cool off your pet, be certain to run the water until it is cold. Hot water from a hose sitting in the sun can severely scald and burn your pet.
Beware of heatstroke. It’s more common in dogs than cats and often arises when exercising in hot weather. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler. Check the temperature of the pavement using the 5-second rule. Lay the back of your hand on the road. If you cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot to walk your dog. Keep your pets inside during the hottest time of the day, between 10 am and 5 pm. Remember if it is too hot for you to be out it is too hot for your pet and their fur coat. Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
If you suspect your pet may be suffering from heatstroke:
Stop by Argyle Feed Store for all your pet food and supply needs today! We can help you with summer dog care tips.
Article Source: Nutrena
Remember these tips for animal safety on July 4th to have a successful and safe holiday celebration. Your pet will thank you!
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Little Dancer is a 5-month old Dachshund/Chihuahua mix snuggle bunny. (Pic 1).
Sarah (Pic 2) s a 3-month old Australian Shepherd ball of fur!
Zack (Pick 3) is an 8-year old purebred Pomeranian lap warmer.
Lola (Pic 4) is a 3-year-old Alaskan Husky couch potato. All dogs are spayed/neutered, have all shots and are microchipped. The adoption fee is $225.
The folks from Orijen Pet Food and Acana pet food will be available with samples and to answer any questions! Come see us on Saturday!
OC Raw: OC Raw Dog uses only premium ingredients—all natural, whole muscle and organ meat, and farm fresh produce—with absolutely zero indirect or direct preservatives, chemicals, fillers or grains. The result is healthier, happier dogs. Health concerns such as red eyes, dry skin, loose stools, excessive shedding, and low energy are dramatically mitigated when your dog is eating what nature intended! A raw food diet results in lower vet bills and fewer vet visits making happier pet parents.
If you have any questions about any of these products or any other products available at Argyle Feed & Hardware, please give us a call or stop by the store today. We are happy to help in any way.
Tucker’s Raw: With Tucker’s Raw we believe your dogs deserve nothing but the best! Tucker’s Raw Frozen works to make sure all of the bones, supplements and other products they produce for dogs are the finest and most well-balanced products available.
All of the products made by Tucker’s are sourced in both the United States and Canada and are also packaged right here in America in Wisconsin to make sure the products are USDA approved and as fresh as possible for your pets.
If you have any questions about these pet products or any of the other products we have here at Argyle Feed & Hardware, please give us a call or stop by the store. We are happy to help in any way!