Heartworm disease is a very deadly disease. The treatment is very tough on a pet. However, the whole disease can be prevented easily. April is Heartworm Prevention Awareness Month. This blog will go over the basics of Heartworm Disease and what you can do to prevent this deadly disease for your pet.
Your pet contracts heartworms through the bite of mosquito! There are plenty around here in Florida, so listen up!
When an infected mosquito bites your pet, the larvae it leaves behind enter through your pet’s bite wound and into his system. These larvae take about 6 months to mature into heartworms and basically live in your pet. Because mosquitos frequent Florida, your pet can get multiple bites. He or she is susceptible to many chances of getting heartworm disease if not on a preventative.
Signs of heartworm disease vary. They can be subtle or intense. It’s very important to get your pet regularly tested for heartworms even if he or she is on a preventative. However, signs can include coughing, loss of appetite, vomiting, weight loss, lack of energy. Sometimes these signs don’t appear or aren’t easily noticed.
Ask one of our vets which heartworm preventative is right for your pet. It’s so worth the cost of a preventative versus the alternative costs of treating the disease itself or worse, death.
We found a very informative video online. It’s here. Watch it and learn more about heartworm disease.