April is National Heartworm Awareness Month.
Protect your dog from Heartworm Disease.
A Heartworm is a dangerous parasitic worm (Dirofilaria immitis) which lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries.
A Heartworm is transmitted via mosquito bites. The heartworm larvae enters the dog’s system through the mosquito bite and makes their way into the dog’s veins. This can happen in a matter of minutes. Below is a video on Heartworm Life Cycle from Bayer
Which Dogs are Prone to Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm Disease can occur to any breed of dog. It is common to occur in hot/humid regions, where mosquitos thrive.
First Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
Lung inflammation will bring on coughing or difficulty of breathing, loss of energy and dizziness. Some dogs exhibit no symptoms until late stages of infection. A trip to the vet and a simple blood test can confirm if a dog is infected.
Heartworms in dogs are EASY to PREVENT
but Difficult, Painful and Costly to Cure.
There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection which includes daily/monthly chewable and monthly topicals.. These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs. It is also recommended that all dogs should routinely be screened with a blood test for heartworm, annually in Spring or at the start of mosquito season.
Keep in mind as a dog owner: One of the most important ways to keep your dog healthy is to maintain a diligent heart worm prevention program.
Be Proactive About Heartworm Prevention.
Our friends from PetCareRx has launched a #HeartWormFree campaign.
PetCareRx is donating 25 cents to the American Heartworm Society for every share the #HeartWormFree campaign page receives on Facebook, Twitter, or via Email. Also, you can share stories and pictures with PetCareRx on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HeartWormFree