With all the foreclosures in our area we are seeing more green pools, which results in more mosquitoes. It just takes one bite from one infected mosquito to pass on heartworm to your dog.
Canine heartworm disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae (juvenile worms) of a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis. As a mosquito feeds, these microscopic larvae are deposited on the dog and quickly penetrate the skin to begin their migration into the dog''s bloodstream. Adult heartworms can grow 10 to 12 inches in length and make their home in the right side of the heart and pulmonary (lung) arteries, often causing lung disease and heart failure.
Heartworm preventatives are effective when given properly and on a timely schedule. All approved heartworm preventatives are highly effective, safe, easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and often provide treatment for additional parasites. Prevention is always more safe and affordable then treating dogs with adult heartworm disease. It is important to test your dog for heartworm before starting preventative.
Please call us to schedule an appointment to check your dog for heartworms and get them started on heartworm preventative.