April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Heartworm disease can be prevented but pet owners need to be aware of what this condition is and how to stop it.
Heartworm disease is a very serious, and often fatal, condition caused by parasitic roundworms. These worms set up camp in the lung arteries and in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, and other mammals. Pets become infected with heartworm through a bite from a mosquito. The mosquito contracted the condition through a blood meal from a previously infected pet. Thus, the life cycle of the heartworm.
This disease is most often not recognizable in the early stages making treatment even harder when it does come to light. It is safer, easier, and cheaper to prevent heartworm than to treat it. There are several options for prevention including monthly tablets, chewables, and topicals. Clients can make an appointment to discuss parasite control strategies for individual households and pets.