Heartworm Disease

05 Mar 2016

It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain…

The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms, and all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.

Here’s the good news about heartworm disease: it’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is that if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick.

AHS Incidence Map 2013Take a look at the map which shows the incidence for heartworm disease across the country. It’s easy to see that our area is right at the center of the most severely affected area. For dogs in south Louisiana that do not receive regular heartworm prevention, it’s not a matter of “if” they will get heartworm disease but a matter of “when.”

Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet, and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.

You may be thinking, “My pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which, as anyone in south Louisiana can tell you, get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.

Year-round heartworm prevention is the only way to ensure you pet does not become infected with this serious disease. Schedule your pet’s checkup with us, and we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease, so your pet stays healthy, happy, and safe.

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