Our new spay / neuter and wellness clinic is now located at 612 1st Street West in Milan near the overpass. We moved to our new location in August 2016 to better serve our community. Please make an appointment for spay / neuter procedures. The walk-in clinic hours are Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 3:00pm & the 1st Saturday each month 9:00am-Noon.
Heartworms are parasites that inhabit the hearts and lungs of infected dogs. Heartworm disease can cause serious health problems, and may eventually lead to heart failure and death. The prevalence of this deadly disease has increased steadily since it was first identified.
Heartworm infection is transmitted by mosquitoes. While biting an infected dog, a mosquito draws in some blood in which immature heartworm larvae are circulating. The larvae migrate through the tissue and into the bloodstream while continuing to develop.
Within six months, heartworms reach the heart and lungs, causing heartworm disease. Some signs of heartworm disease in dogs are coughing, difficulty breathing,
sluggishness, and reduced ability to exercise. We live in an area where heartworm preventative is recommended year round.
Quad City Animal Welfare Center advises that you protect your dog against this threat. Since it only takes one mosquito to pass heartworm disease to your dog, even dogs who are mostly indoors benefit from preventative. A simple blood test should be performed by a veterinarian to see if your dog is positive before preventative medication is started.
Your pet has undergone a routine surgery under general anesthesia. Recovery is generally uneventful and the aftercare is minimal. Your pet will be healthier, happier and you will have made a serious contribution to the welfare of all animals by helping to control the pet overpopulation.
Same Day Home Care:
- Keep your pet quiet or in a private room to recover from the anesthesia
- Allow your pet a small amount of water only if needed.
- For ADULT DOGS – resume normal feeding the FOLLOWING DAY- Give a SMALL amount of food with the pain medication the NIGHT of the surgery.
- For CATS, KITTENS, and PUPPIES (under 4 months) – feed a small amount of food the SAME DAY as surgery
- Restrict your pet’s activity and do not engage in rough activity for 10 days.
- Keep your pet’s stitches dry for at least 10 days, NO BATHS!
- Check the incision at least once a day.
- The sutures do not require removal; they should dissolve on their own in 30 days.
- Prevent your pet from licking the suture area, we recommend an e-collar (cone shaped plastic collar; sold at QCAWC, Petco or PetSmart).
Have another question or need help after surgery?
If you have questions during our normal business hours you can call our clinic at (309) 787-6830 ext. 26 or 27.
After hours, please contact the Animal Emergency Center at (563) 344-9599