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When mosquitoes arrive so does Heartworm

Every summer the news media buzzes with stories about the transmission of disease to humans by pesky and annoying mosquitoes.  It should come as no surprise that these insects are more than just a nuisance to us humans, but are a serious health risk to our furry and beloved pets.




Heartworm is a difficult to treat and potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes to dogs and cats. This is why it is much easier and more effective to avoid the problem altogether. As a pet owner, you are likely familiar with the importance of heartworm prevention. Before we reinforce the things you should know about prevention, let’s briefly explore this condition, how it occurs, typical symptoms, and what can be done to treat the infection.

What is heartworm?

Heartworms, Dirofilaria immitis, are found in dogs and cats and spend their adult life in the blood vessels connecting the heart and lungs and in more advanced cases inside the heart.  So some may ask, “how do they get there?” The heartworm disease cycle is fed by the activity of mosquitoes. The adult heartworms lay very tiny larvae called microfilariae, which travel throughout the bloodstream. When a mosquito sucks blood from an infected animal and then bites its next victim the larvae are transmitted through the skin. These larvae eventually make their way to the chambers of the heart or lungs where they grow into adults. They grow, some up to 10–12 inches in length, and can eventually wreak havoc on your pet’s organs.


Symptoms in dogs may vary but most commonly include: breathing difficulties, coughing, reduced appetite and weight loss and lethargy. These symptoms may mimic other conditions, and would likely lead you to your primary care veterinarian. Similarly, symptoms in cats are non-specific and include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease can often be mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis.

General practitioners are very familiar with what to look for and it is part of the annual exam. As long as you’ve been diligent with heartworm preventives, you will have little to worry about.


Most cases of heartworm, with the exception of very advanced infections, can be effectively treated in dogs. It is a complicated and expensive process that will require a series of treatments over a period of a couple months. Adult heartworms in dogs are killed using a drug called an adulticide that is injected into the muscle. Treatment may be administered on an outpatient basis, but hospitalization is often recommended. During the recovery period, you will need to limit your dog’s physical exercise to leash walking. This will reduce the chance that blood flow through the lungs would become blocked by dead worms. Preventive medications are also administered to avoid heartworm reinfection and to eliminate any larvae that may be present.

Currently, there are no products in the United States approved for the treatment of heartworm infection in cats, so disease prevention is critical. Cats have proven to be more resistant to heartworm than dogs and are often able to eliminate the infection on their own. Unfortunately, they may develop complications as the dead worms are being cleared by the body, which can result in a life-threatening shock reaction. Veterinarians will often attempt to treat an infected cat with supportive therapy measures to limit this reaction.


The bottom line is that prevention is much easier than the treatment and includes:

Reducing exposure to mosquitoes

While you may be able to limit the risk by keeping your pet inside in the late afternoon and evening, we all know that preventing mosquito bites is not entirely possible. Spraying the yard and removing standing water can help, but again will not completely eliminate the threat.

Using Preventives

Heartworm preventive therapy is safe, easy and inexpensive and when administered properly can be extremely effective. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in both dogs and cats, including:

  •     Oral pill or tablet (ivermectin and milbemycin) (taken monthly)
  • Topical liquid that you squeeze from a tube onto the pet’s back (applied monthly)
  • Injectable (six-month product for dogs only)

Heartworm preventatives work to kill only the heartworm larvae that have infected the dog within the previous one to two months. Any larvae that have been in your dog longer are more likely to survive the treatment and go on to develop into adult worms that will require adulticide treatment (discussed above). Your veterinarian will complete a blood test to confirm that your pet is heartworm-free before he or she will write a prescription for heartworm preventive medication.  Many heartworm preventives can cause illness if given to a dog with larvae in the bloodstream.

We recommend that preventive medication be given year-round. Some may think that they do not need do this in the winter because there are no mosquitoes. If you choose to discontinue preventives in the winter, you need to be very vigilant about remembering to restart the preventive therapy. In this case, treatment should be started one month before the mosquito season and continue for one month beyond the first frost.

Performing Routine Heartworm Testing

For dogs, a prevention program should be started at 6 to 8 weeks of age.  If not started at an early age, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) recommends that all adult dogs be tested before being started on a heartworm preventive for the first time. In addition, all dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. This antigen test should be repeated annually or as frequently as your veterinarian recommends, even if the dog is on a heartworm prevention program.

Similarly in cats, it is recommended that heartworm preventives be started before the kitten reaches 9 weeks of age.  And like with dogs, cats over 6 months old should be tested for heartworms prior to starting prevention, and annually thereafter.

By keeping as many pets free of heartworm disease, we will take them out of the host population and reduce the risk of disease in the overall population. Preventives are worth every dollar spent when you consider what it will cost to treat your beloved pet if infected—not to mention the ultimate risk of losing your pet.

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Mustangs 5k

Midlothian Middle School

Midlothian Middle is sponsoring its third annual 5K.

Register for the April 30 event at

If you would like a T-shirt, you must register before April 13.

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Butter Baking Tip

What a great tip!

Robious CorridorA tried and true super helpful baking tip. If you need to soften butter quickly but don’t want to melt it.

I mean who can perfectly soften butter in the micro without melting just a little bit of it?

Here’s the tip –

Put boiling hot water or super HOT water in a glass, large enough to fit over a stick of butter.

This will heat the glass and this works with a hot glass fresh out of the dishwasher too.

Dump the water out and place over your stick of butter.


In a few short minutes, it will be soft enough to use for cookies, spreading on bread.




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Why being a mom is enough

MomI’m talking about simply being a mom.

I’m talking about getting up in the morning, slapping your face with water, looking in the mirror, sighing, brushing your teeth (maybe), and picking up that toddler and wandering into the kitchen and pouring cereal in bowls, rinsing dishes, kissing the top of their head, and waiting for your coffee to brew.

There isn’t much glamour.

There is you. You giving of yourself. Minute, by minute, by minute, by minute until those hours add up to create a day which adds up to create a week which adds up to create a month which adds up to create years which add up to create a life. A beautiful life filled with ordinary enough mom moments.

Somehow in this mixed up media world of things to do and places to go and dreams to follow the beauty of simply being a mother is completely lost.

Being a mom is enough.

It’s enough, I say.

Sometimes we want to look to those big things and use them as a grade for success. We look at the cool science fair projects where our child got the blue ribbon. But, honestly, we miss the hours of interacting and holding glue sticks and looking up things and laughing side by side. We want the trips to Disney or American Girl Doll and discount the time spent in the backyard. The bar of success and joy and happiness gets pushed so high by culture that the little things, the enough mom moments, are lost.

Do you know what matters?


The other day my 15 year old came to me and told me she missed me. Missed me? I couldn’t believe it. I was a bit incredulous, actually. I told her about the trips to the movies, the trips to the yogurt bar (are those places ever cheap? I mean, seriously, $24 total for four containers of yogurt with a variety of too heavy toppings? End rant.), shopping together, getting Starbucks, and all of that. She looked at me and told me that’s not what she meant. She told me she just wanted me present during the day.

Little things.

Like stopping my crazy busy mom and work agenda to look at the graphic design she made on the computer and really looking at it and trying to appreciate her talents. It’s about me taking thirty minutes to play cards at the table with them and not checking email constantly on my phone. Email can wait thirty minutes. They cannot. It’s in not worrying so much about the laundry and instead just letting that go and being thankful for a family to do laundry for. Just being there. Cooking together. Laughing. Giving of myself in the simple things.

Mom things.

The things that don’t get celebrated on Pinterest that much. They’re the just a mom things that I write about and celebrate. They’re the things that most people probably won’t see.

They don’t see you stand in the bathroom and gather your resolve every morning. They don’t see those of you who mother alone without much support. They don’t see the trips to the car back and forth and back and forth. They don’t see you counting to ten a dozen times before noon. They don’t see you look at the bank account and sigh and try to figure out how to make three meals with what’s left in your pantry. They don’t see you walking into the principals office, doctor’s office, friend’s house and defending your child.

They don’t see bandages placed on knees. Kisses on foreheads at night. Pillows pushed just the right way and blankets tucked to the perfect demands. Laundry folded and folded and folded. Tears that sting your eyes as your keep going. Dinners prepped over the stove. Times of laughter over silly things. Hair brushed and pulled back into pony tails. Prayers over wandering teens. Prayers over little babes. Nights spent sleeping in a chair holding a sick child. Days where the house is a wreck but you’re reading books. The brave smile on your face when you’re weary.

Those things matter.

Those things are the little things that add up and up and up.

I say those things are enough.

Don’t be weary, dear mother, in trying to keep up with a supermom agenda.

There is no supermom, really – that whole supermom who has everything together is just a fallacy. There are real moms. Real, authentic moms who admit that they don’t have it all together but keep on fighting. Scared and tired moms who keep fighting. Moms who are overwhelmed by keeping up with littles all day long. Moms like you and me who sometimes feel lost in a world of outward accomplishments.

A mother isn’t based on external perfection. A mother is the person, the woman, just like you. The woman with little ones in her care that she loves, and sometimes wonders how she loves them because they’re driving her batty, but still she does. She fights, gives, prays, works, and doesn’t give up even when she wants to throw in the towel.

That’s you. Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday.

I say that is enough.

It is more than enough.

You are amazing.

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James River 10 Midlothian 1

Clover Hill 16 L.C. Bird 0

Manchester 10; Cosby 6

Dinwiddie 11 Hopewell 4


James River 9 Midlothian 2

Manchester 8 Cosby 1

Clover Hill 8 L.C. Bird 2

Dinwiddie 17 Hopewell 0



Hanover 20 Patrick Henry 6


Foxcroft 10 Steward 7



James River 2 Midlothian 0

Cosby 4 Manchester 0

Thomas Dale 4 Colonial Heights 1

Prince George 0 Matoaca 0

Dinwiddie 5 Hopewell 2


James River 2 Midlothian 0

Clover Hill 7 L.C. Bird 0

St. Catherine’s 4 Collegiate 1

Prince George 1 Matoaca 0

Hopewell 2 Dinwiddie 0

Atlee 6 Lee-Davis 0



Douglas Freeman 7 Hermitage 0

Maggie Walker GS 5 J.R. Tucker 1


Douglas Freeman 6 Hermitage 0

Maggie Walker GS 9 J.R. Tucker 0



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Dogtopia Chesterfield


Dogtopia Friday Weather



Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 7 to 11 mph.


weatherFriday Night

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


weatherSaturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 28.



Sunny, with a high near 53.


weatherSunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.


weatherMonday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 40%.




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Food Fair registration is open

Online registration for the wildly popular Food Fair of Chesterfield County Public Schools opened at 7 p.m. April 4. Tickets have been snapped up rapidly in previous years, so families should be ready to reserve their free tickets promptly. Online registration is available here starting at 7 p.m. April 4: The Food Fair gives students and parents the opportunity to taste food being considered for school lunches and breakfasts. Their feedback will help shape next year’s menus. This year’s Food Fair will take place April 13 at Clover Hill High. There will be two tastings: 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. For each tasting, 500 tickets are available. The Food Fair is free, but online registration is required. For more information, go to


History Lives

History comes to life at Woolridge Elementary 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 8. Third-graders will transform the gym into a living museum, with each third-grader representing a historical figure. The students will be in character and will give short speeches to visitors. For more information, call 739-6330.

Crash simulations

For the senior classes at Clover Hill High and at James River High, the VCU School of Medicine will stage a car crash and demonstrate what happens in a trauma room. A MedFlight helicopter is scheduled to land. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 8 at Clover Hill High; email for information. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.

Celebrating 25 years

Ecoff Elementary will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 8. Families are invited to an open house 5-5:30 p.m. followed by a carnival 5:30-8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Brock’s Barbecue, Carytown Burgers and Fries and Kona Ice. For details, call 768-6185.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary fourth-grade classes will spend April 8 at Pamplin Historical Park. For more information, call 739-6330.



Matoaca Elementary’s Running Club is getting ready for the Virginia 529 Kids Run sponsored by Sports Backers. The one-mile event starts at 8 a.m. April 9. For details, call 590-3100.


Middle and high school students will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during the annual STEAM Expo 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is free and open to the public. STEAM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math) has exploded across Chesterfield County Public Schools, causing the annual STEAM fair to split into two events: the STEAM Expo on April 9 and an event in March for elementary students. New this year is a performing arts visual challenge. This “Stylin’ Face Off” challenges high school teams to create a contemporary Greek god or goddess — including costume, makeup, hair and character analysis — for a commercial. More information is available here:



Spring Run Elementary will recognize two Students of the Year at 3 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Recorder concert

Spring Run Elementary fourth-graders will perform on recorders at 6 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary kindergarten classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12. For more information, call 739-6330.

Testing is Table Talk’s timely topic for April

Helping your child prepare for tests is April’s topic for Table Talk: Meals With Meaning. Whether you have a third-grader taking SOLs or a high schooler taking the SAT or a student somewhere in between, parents will learn strategies to help children succeed by attending one of these Table Talk sessions: 6-8 p.m. April 12 at Clover Hill High or 6-8 p.m. April 14 at Meadowbrook High. Table Talk is always free and includes dinner and activities for children ages 5-12. Online registration is now open: Registration closes at 8 a.m. April 11, but space is limited so do not wait until the last minute to claim your space at Table Talk. For more information, email or call 748-1781.

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 to discuss Medicaid waivers. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.

Kindergarten registration day

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14, so parents should take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. For more information, go to


Jacobs Road Elementary students in grades 3-5 will hear a performance by the Richmond Symphony 9-10 a.m. April 14. For more information, call 674-1320.

Field trip

Curtis Elementary fifth-grade classes will visit Washington, D.C., on April 14. The students will leave the school at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. During their D.C. visit, they will drive by the Capitol, tour the Museum of Natural History and take a walking tour of the monuments. For more information, call 768-6175.

Go Nuts for Reading

Alberta Smith Elementary students and Ecoff Elementary students who read eight books and returned their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free 6-9:30 p.m. April 15. Also, they will parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, email about Alberta Smith Elementary or email about Ecoff Elementary.


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