Once-A-Year Heartworm Prevention For Your Dog Has Arrived!

Heartworm disease remains a serious and potentially fatal disease that is spread to our pets by mosquitoes. In 2019 there have been over 2,500 cases in Indiana alone, and these are only the cases that were reported. In fact, Dupont Veterinary Clinic treated 7 dogs in August 2019, alone!

Suffice it to say, heartworm disease has definitely not gone away, making heartworm prevention for your dog a must.

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A Spotlight on Our Fundraiser for K9 Vests!

In 2018, 28 police K9s were killed in the line of duty. K9s are not only invaluable assets to any police force, but they are loyal friends, protecting both their officer handler and the community at large. 

Much is expected of K9 officers. They are trained to patrol, track, and locate people, drugs, and explosives, as well as to protect their human partners. K9 officers are in as much danger of being shot or injured as human police officers, but unlike human officers, most don’t wear protective vests. 

Learn about how Dupont Veterinary Clinic, along with other groups, worked hard to change that right here in the Fort Wayne Police Department.

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Client Spotlight: Anne and Chris Bohlman and Their Incredible Therapy Dogs

Fort Wayne is a pretty great place to live, thanks in no small part to the residents. At Dupont Veterinary Clinic we are extremely fortunate to get to know so many incredible local families and their pets, such as Anne and Chris Bohlman and their dogs, Bessie, Dana, and MiniMoo. 

The Bohlmans, along with their three trained therapy dogs, have been volunteering their time and energy in our community for the past 14 years. We’re thrilled to share the Bohlman’s story with our readers, and to highlight the ways in which therapy dogs enrich human lives and bring communities together.

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How to Choose Safe Chew Toys for Your Pet

Dog Playing Outside With Chew Toy In Mouth

Anyone who’s ever lived with a pet knows that some habits die hard, especially those that have been ingrained for thousands of years. That angelic fluff ball perched on your couch may look like your furry best friend, but the reality is that our domesticated dogs and cats are basically wild animals masquerading as pets. We’re made acutely aware of this when Fido rips our new slippers to shreds or when Fluffy drops a lifeless mouse at our feet.

Chewing is another one of those hard-wired behaviors. Making sure that pets have an appropriate outlet for this activity is the key to avoiding dangerous or destructive chewing. Luckily, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has the scoop on safe chew toys and what to avoid to protect your pet.

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Much Ado About the Canine Flu

Pug's Face Looking ConcernedIf you’ve been in recently or have taken your pooch to boarding facilities, groomers, or dog parks, you may have heard talk about canine influenza. Perhaps we recommended the vaccine for your dog or you were told that Fluffy can’t have her bath without it. So, what exactly is this canine flu and why have you been hearing about it? At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to help!

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Choosing the Right Breed for Your Family

Adding a pet into your family can be a big decision. Should you get a Dog? A cat? A gerbil..? Once you have decided that adding a fuzzy (or feathered… or scaly?) family member is the right move for all involved, you’ll need to put some careful thought into which pet you choose.

One size does not fit all when it comes to matching the best pet to a family, and choosing the right species is essential. You also need to carefully consider all the options when it comes to choosing the right breed within the species, in order to ensure a good fit for your home.

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What Should I Bring to Our Vet Visit?

By Ashley Dawes, DVM

Bringing your pet in for a vet visit can be stressful, whether it is for a routine visit or for a problem. We at Dupont Veterinary Clinic have put together a list of items to bring with you to help make your visit as stress-free and easy as possible.

Your Pre-Vet Visit Checklist

Planning ahead can make your pet’s vet visit more productive for all involved. Before you and your pet jump in the car, be sure you have the following: Continue…

What is Rabies?

What is Rabies?

Rabies is an acute viral infection that is invariably fatal. It affects all warm-blooded animals including dogs and cats. The disease is almost always caused by the bite of an infected animal that has rabies virus in its saliva.

What are the signs of Rabies?

Once the rabies virus inters the body, it travels along the nerves to the brain. It can take a matter of days, weeks or months for your pet to show signs of the rabies virus. These are common signs of Rabies virus infection:

  • Change in attitude – nervousness, anxiety, shyness, aggressiveness, restlessness
  • Disorientation
  • Incoordination, weakness, seizures, paralysis
  • Change in tone of bark
  • Excessive salivation or frothing
  • Loss of fear of humans
  • Nocturnal animals seen wandering in the day

What is the prognosis for Rabies?

The prognosis is grave. All dogs will succumb to the virus within 7 to 10 days from the onset of clinical signs.

How is Rabies prevented?

Rabies can be prevented by vaccination. As such, vaccinating your dog is critical. There is both a city and state law mandating that all dogs be vaccinated for Rabies. This is for the protection of both your dog as well as people since human exposure can have dire consequences. Talk to us to discuss the best recommendations for preventing Rabies in your pet through a vaccination program.