During the month of September, JHS Veterinary Services will be open limited hours.

Veterinary Services will close early at 4:00 p.m. on the following days: September 10 through September 12, September 19, and September 20.

Veterinary Services will be closed to the public beginning at 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, September 13, through Wednesday, September 18.

There will be no appointments for wellness exams during this time. We will be performing spay/neuter surgeries for both owned pets and shelter animals as well as taking previously scheduled heartworm treatment appointments.

If you need low-cost veterinary services during this time, please reach out to one of the following low-cost veterinary clinics:

Best VETS
2727 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
904-900-0220

First Coast No More Homeless Pets
Two locations:
6817 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208
904-425-0005

464 Cassat Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
904-425-0005

Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic
Beach Location:
335 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
904-694-0541

Westside Location:
5425 Verna Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205
904-337-0076

Maverick Animal Hospital
404 Madison Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32065
904-276-8101

Clay County Humane Clinic
2230 Filmore Street
Orange Park, FL 32073
904-276-7729

Did you know that April is National Heartworm Awareness Month? Heartworm is a serious disease that can affect both dogs and cats. According to the American Heartworm Society, more than one million dogs in the United States currently have heartworm disease.

From the ASPCA:

The spaghetti-like worms, which can grow up to a foot in length, live in the hearts, lungs and associated blood vessels of infected animals. They are carried in a microscopic form (known as microfilaria) by mosquitoes that transmit the worms when they bite other animals. They can circulate in the bloodstream, mature, multiply and can eventually obstruct the flow of blood to the heart and lungs. If not treated, heartworm can be fatal.

All of this because of a mosquito? It’s true! Meet Tezla, a sweet boy who was heartworm positive when he came into JHS and has since been adopted. He’s currently in the first of three phases of his heartworm treatment and his parents shared some reflections about his recovery process with us:

“When we first met Tez, Joe and I of course fell head over heels for those crazy ears! After meeting him, we were quickly informed that he was heartworm positive. I was sad that he wasn’t ‘perfect,’ but I honestly knew very little about the illness or the treatment. I just knew most dogs take a pill for prevention. My knee jerk response was that we will do whatever it takes to get him better. The JHS staff assured us that his treatment would be covered as part of his adoption and that he should make a full recovery, which gave us piece of mind.

“We really didn’t notice anything regarding the illness at first, but I will say since wrapping up the antibiotics, Tez’s feistiness and energy have skyrocketed! He is so much more playful. We will be thrilled to watch his personality develop once these nasty creatures are fully out of his system. Joe and I are so glad we didn’t pass on our sweet Tez just because of his illness…he has brought such joy, laughter and fun to our household. It may sound cliché but we really do feel like Tez rescued us.”

For National Heartworm Prevention Month, we want to thank all of our supporters and donors who allow us to give heartworm positive pups like Tezla a second chance at health and happiness. To learn more about heartworm disease, including prevention and treatment, visit: heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics

JHS offers low-cost heartworm testing, preventative, and treatment through our veterinary services. Learn more at: jaxhumane.org/hospital