More often than not, if you have a dog, you have been talked to about heartworms. You’ve heard how the disease is very bad, different heartworm preventatives, etc. But where do they come from? What is the best preventative?
Here you can find out.
In a nutshell, here is the heart worm life cycle:
- A mosquito bites an infected animal (can be another dog, raccoon, skunk, etc.) and takes in new heartworms as it feeds.
- Heartworms grow inside the mosquito and then become infective.
- Then the mosquito will bite a dog and the heartworms enter through the bite wound.
- Inside the dog, heartworms grow into adults which live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs.
- Within 7 months, adult female heartworms release young heartworms into the dog’s bloodstream.
Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states and is a very real threat.
Having your dog on a preventative is very, very important. Even missing one month of prevention could mean a heartworm-positive diagnosis.
Our favorite preventative is called ProHeart®6. We call it “ProHeart” for short. It’s a preventative that is good for 6 months! This way you don’t have to remember to give your monthly tablet or topical treatment. All you have to do is come into the clinic every 6 months for your dog’s virtually painless injection. Your dog will be protected for a full 6 months!
As long as your dog is healthy and at least 6 months of age, he or she can receive the ProHeart®6 injection.