Heartworm Awareness Month

When we think of the possible dangers our furry loved ones are faced with, we take great measures to ensure their safety and health to the most apparent; Rabies, Lepto, Kennel Cough, we chip them to be reunited, we fence our yards and land, customize collar tags, etc.. The lengths we will go to protect our loved ones is equal to the amount we love them which is generally and personally speaking incalculable. Unfortunately, as the current review suggests, 45% of the pets in the US ( dogs and cats) are not protected against one of their major threats. For you and I, mosquitos are mere annoyances… for our pets, life-threatening.

There are many things we can do to help reduce the population of mosquitos in our yards. Eliminate standing water outdoors, empty birdbaths and such every 5 days, check pool covers as they tend to store rainwater, eliminate breeding grounds like tires, fill holes, spray pesticides etc.. The idea is to eliminate breeding, but who’s to say your neighbor or your neighbor’s neighbor is doing this as well. As with most flying creatures, they, well they fly and cover decent distances to find sustainability. I’m sorry to say, that no matter how hard you work to reduce the population in your yard, It’s a drop from the bucket. The most cost-effective and best way to protect your loved one from heartworm disease is prevention.

Heartworm disease wreaks havoc on our loved ones and though there is a treatment, it changes everything. Heartworms are foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets. This can lead to many traumatic health issues which is why it’s so important to have regular testing and prevention.

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