April: National Heartworm Awareness Month

Island Animal Hospital will be focusing on Heartworm Awareness during the month of April, in honor of National Heartworm Awareness Month!

According to the American Heartworm Society, Heartworms have spread to all 50 United States and throughout the world. Particularly, Heartworm Disease can be most commonly found in the South, which means pet owners in Brevard County should stay educated on the prevention of this disease!

Heartworm Disease is known to cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs. The importance of Heartworm Prevention is at an all time high.

Heartworm Disease: How Can I Prevent It?

Mosquitoes are known to carry heartworm disease from one pet to another, so it is important to try and minimize your pet’s exposure to them. Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets can all catch the disease.  Making sure your pet stays clear of mosquito prone places, such as standing water, can help protect your pet from contracting the disease. The water source can be as small as a puddle in your backyard, or as big as a local lake.

Looking for more ways to prevent Heartworm Disease? Check-out Island Animal Hospital’s Blog “Heartworm Disease Prevention, What Can You Do?”  Read More.

If you have questions about heartworm disease, or wish to have your pet tested, Contact Island Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment! Parasite prevention and control can be as easy as taking a prescribed once monthly medication. Preventative medications are the best solution when it comes to protecting your pet from heartworm disease.  We carry well-known and scientifically-tested medications used to prevent heartworms in household pets.  Talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible to make sure your pet is protected.

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