A reader has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?
“Call me Pretzel”, the note said. I peered over the top of it to look at my patient. She was aptly named, wriggling and dancing on the exam table, tongue flashing as she air kissed in happy anticipation of meeting me.
If your dog isn’t protected by a heartworm preventative, or you forget to give it for a couple weeks, there is a window of opportunity for the first-stage larvae to grow to second stage and into the adult worms living in the chest.