NEW FREE PET PORTAL! Just click on the Pet Portal Log-in. After you register, you’ll be able to enjoy the convenient benefits of your Pet Portal with features such as:
- Checking your pet’s health records
- Request an appointment with us
- Search our extensive pet health library
- View your pet’s medication schedules
- View your pet’s vaccination history
- Upload photos of your pet or pets
- Update your account information
- Send medication reminders to yourself by email
We want all 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.
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.
We serve the Tuscaloosa area with top quality care and strive to keep waiting times and prices as low as possible. Providing great customer service is our main goal. We’d love to have you visit us today. Walk-ins are welcome.
Dr. Timothy J Hammond
Dr. Ginger N Bailey
Jami S. Jones, LVT
Part time Staff:
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.
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.