Dog under a blanket with his nose poking out

Pet Care Money-Saving Promotions

April’s specials are here! Our April 2020 Pet Care Specials are free heartworm screenings for canine patients ($46.44 value) and free fecal/intestinal parasite screenings for feline patients ($40.04 value) with physical exams (check-ups) scheduled in April..

Free Parasite Screenings For Dogs and Cats

Since the animals are different species, we offer a more appropriate screening depending on if your pet is a dog or a cat.  Both screenings are looking for parasites in your pet’s organs.

All you need to do for your pet’s free screening is schedule your pet’s regular exam with Dr. Steffen in the month of April!

Free Heartworm Screenings For Dogs

Free Intestinal Parasite Screenings For Cats

How Heartworm Spreads Diagram

How Dogs Get Heartworms Explained

How dogs get heartworms is shown in the diagram.  We will add a little more clarity for you.

Working clockwise around the diagram starting at the top:

  • A mosquito bites an infected dog and heartworm microfilariae are ingested by the mosquito.
  • Inside the mosquito, heartworm microfilariae quickly mature into larvae.
  • The infected mosquito bites another dog and transmits the heartworm larvae.
  • Heartworm larvae enter the bloodstream and migrate to the heart. In the heart, the larvae grow to mature heartworms within 6-8 months.
  • The mosquito bites an infected dog, and the cycle repeats.

Pet Organ Without Parasites

Dog heart without heartworms

Pet Organ With Parasites

Dog heart with heartworms

Is the parasite screening really free?

Yes. We are offering 100% free parasite screenings for dogs and cats during the month of April.  All you pay for is your pet’s check-up that will be performed also during your appointment.

Specifically, we are offering free heartworm screenings for dogs and free fecal/intestinal screenings for cats.

If your pet is not on a pet care plan or is not taking preventative medicine, we will provide you with information regarding the options you have to ensure your pets live a long, healthy life.

Why are parasites so dangerous to pets?

Parasites are a much greater risk to small animals like dogs and cats than they are to humans.

Fleas and ticks are the most common parasites. Other common parasites include lice, tapeworms, heartworms, and many more intestinal and other parasites.

Your pet’s immune system is not as effective at fighting off parasites as ours is, leaving them much more vulnerable to experiencing severe complications.

Is my pet’s life at risk from a parasite infestation?

If caught early and treated appropriately, your pet should make a full recovery. Parasite infestations left untreated can take the life of your pet.

This is why we are so adamant about pet owners getting on a pet care plan, so parasites and any other disease or virus can be caught early and treated with little to no consequences.

Is my health at risk if my pet contracts parasites?

Most of the time, pet owners are at no risk of infection by their pet’s parasites. Some parasites cause zoonotic infections which can transfer from an animal to a human.

Caring For Cats and Dogs in Cincinnati!

Opening Hours

Mo: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tu: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
We: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Th: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Fr: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Sa: 8:00 AM - Noon
Su: Closed

Companion Animal Medical Centre

Your Local Veterinarian In Cincinnati, OH

922 State Route 28, Unit C
Milford, OH 45150

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(513) 999-2262