Bentley, who is about a year and a half old, came to us from Arkansas, one of the top five states with incidence of heartworm disease.  Although he tested negative for heartworms before he arrived, our vets found that test was in error.  After his lengthy heartworm treatment that involved months of medication, a series of injections and a hospitalization for observation, he developed a cough.  Lung x-rays revealed he had pneumonitis — a lung infection and potential side effect of treatment.

Bentley’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.