What Is Heartworm Diesease?
Caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted through infected mosquitos, heartworms live in the heart and surrounding arteries of many mammals including cats and dogs. They cause excess strain on the heart and lungs. Heartworm diesease is fatal when left untreated but thankfully its almost 100% preventable.
How Does My Pet Get Heartworms?
When a mosquito bites and takes blood from an animal infected with heartworms, it picks up baby worms which mature into a larvae stage over a two-week period. When the infected mosquito bites another animal, the infected larvae enter the new host. Once inside, it takes around 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms.
How Do I Protect My Pet?
There are several options available for heartworm preventatives. We love ProHeart12 because it provides convenient protection for a full 12 months. This ONCE A YEAR injection protects dogs against heartworm disease for a full 12 months giving you the piece of mind of your dog never missing a dose. Contact us to schedule your dogs appointment.