Heartworm Disease Prevention: What Can You Do?

What is Heartworm Disease?


Image of heartworms from the American Heartworm Society. www.heartwormsociety.org

Heartworm disease is a fatal disease that is caused by a parasitic worm called dirofilaria immitis. These worms, growing up to a foot long, are spread through the bite of a mosquito and live in the heart, lungs, and live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets. Heartworm disease is a main concern for many pet owners because it can lead to severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs. Although the idea of heartworm disease may cause panic among pet owners, there are many ways that a pet owner can ensure protection from heartworms. Before we can take preventative measures, however, it is important to know where heartworm disease starts.

How Do I Avoid Heartworms?

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 carry the disease, so making sure that they stay 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.

Are There Any Other Ways to Prevent Heartworm Disease?

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 the most well-known and scientifically tested medications used to prevent heartworms in household pets. Whether it is the beef chewable Heartgard, or the tablet, Trifexis, Island Animal Hospital will be sure to help you choose the right medication to prevent heartworms from getting to your pet.

What If I Have More Questions?

If you have questions about heartworm disease, or wish to have your pet tested, Contact Island Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment! Your Island Animal Hospital veterinarian will be sure to inform you of all the ways to prevent your pet from contracting heartworm disease, and help you decide which heartworm prevention would be best for your pet! Contact Island Animal Hospital today and ensure your pet a happy and healthy life.

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