Heartworm Season is Upon Us

By May 1, 2015Pet Talk

Mosquitos are a very unpleasant commodity to Northern Michigan.  They are rude and annoying little critters, but did you know that they also spread disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats.  When the infected mosquito bites an animal, the heartworm travels to the heart and adjacent vessels, clogging the vessels so blood can’t flow.

Heartworm disease occurs all over the world.  In the US, it was once limited to the south but now has spread to all areas, including our area.  In fact, there were several cases of heartworm disease within the Traverse City area.

It takes a number of years before dogs show outward signs of infection.  Unfortunately, by the time signs are seen, the disease is quite advanced and difficult to treat.  We have very safe and effective preventives that are given monthly to control heartworms and intestinal worms.  It is best to treat your pet every month all year long because the preventives also control intestinal worm infestation that you and your family can catch from your pet.  Monthly prevention is better for your pet (and less expensive) than treatment once your pet has the disease!

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