We’d like to say THANKS to all of our loyal clients who have continued to support us over the years! For those who don’t know, we are located right across the street from where the Leland Shopping center used to be in Alberta City on 10th Street East. See the map below for details. The tornado damage in this neighborhood is still readily apparent but we have remained steadfast through it all and are very happy to see progress every day in our area.
The bridge over the railroad tracks as you come into Alberta City is being repaired. The best way to get to us if you are coming from downtown Tuscaloosa is to A) Go down Jack Warner Blvd (River Road) turn right on 25th Ave at the Nucor Steel Plant. Or B) from 15th street, turn onto 26th Ave East and go by Leland Lanes bowling alley.
We want all the pet owners at the University of Alabama to know that we are just a block off of University Blvd a few miles East of campus! We are very conveniently located. In fact, we are less than 3 miles East of Denny Stadium! We are less than 3 miles from The University Arboretum, the VA Hospital, Snow Hinton Park, Cottondale, and the Five Points Shopping Center. This really makes it easy for anyone living on campus, midtown, or in the Woodland Hills/VA Hospital area to reach us within minutes.
We serve the Tuscaloosa area with top quality care. We strive to keep waiting times and prices as low as possible and great customer service is our main goal. We’d love to have you visit us today. Walk-ins are welcome. Dr. Timothy J Hammond and Dr. Riggs Wagenheim will be at your service.
As an added convenience to our customers, we have an online store where you can buy all of your flea, tick, and heartworm medicines, as well as special diet foods, pain/inflammation tablets, skin care products, ear solutions and many more items, all at very competitive prices to help you save money.
With a click of a button you can order medication and pet food diet needs 24/7 for delivery to your door. Not only is this convenient but you may rest assured your veterinarian has approved each prescription and recorded it in your animal’s medical record.
If you want to order from our online store use this link –> Order Now
Here’s how to find us.
Address: 2521 10th Ave. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Hours: 7:30 – 4:30 (closed daily from 1:00 – 2:00 pm for lunch)
What Are the Signs of Heartworm Disease?
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).
How Do You Detect Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm infection in apparently healthy animals is usually detected with blood tests for a heartworm substance called an “antigen” or microfilariae, 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, it is recommended 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.
It is your responsibility to faithfully maintain the prevention program you have selected in consultation with your veterinarian.