Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats and dogs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite a dog or cat with the Heartworm infection and then passes it on to another dog or cat. The microscopic worms in the infected dog or cat will grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The disease impacts the lungs, arteries of the lungs, and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss, and heart failure.
The disease is present in most parts of the United States, especially in locations that have subtropical climates like those of the southeast, Gulf states, and Hawaii where mosquitoes are common. Heartworm disease can be diagnosed through a blood test and treated with a once-monthly prescription tablet. Preventative medicines are available only through your veterinarian, and it is recommended by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) to take a year-round preventative in Heartworm endemic states.
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It is estimated that a million dogs in the U.S. have Heartworm disease today.
- It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to a pet.
- Heartworms can live up to 5-7 years if left untreated in dogs and 2-3 years in cats.
- Heartworm season is year-round. Protect your pet with a monthly preventative.
- Dogs and cats should be tested for Heartworm every 12 months.
- Heartworm prevention is much less expensive than treatment. Treatment can cost more than 15x that of a year’s worth of Heartworm preventative.
Source - Pet Place and American Heartworm Society
Make an appointment today with your veterinarian to protect your dog or cat from Heartworm disease.
Summer is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of the beautiful weather. From camping and road trips to family get-togethers and parties with friends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. With the heat being a factor for everyone, it is important to keep your dog cool and comfortable during these summer months. Here are four hacks for dog owners to keep your furry friend cool this summer.
1. As much as us humans love yummy frozen treats on a hot summer day, dogs love them too! Ice cube tray treats or other dog approved frozen goodies are a great way to beat the heat. An easy and inexpensive method is to mix water with low-sodium chicken broth in an ice cube tray and freeze it.
2. Do you want to keep your dog cool while you’re on the go? Get a bandana wet and put it in the freezer for twenty to thirty minutes and put it around your dog’s neck. It keeps them cool and they get style points too!
3. Kiddie pools or sprinklers are another great way to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer while having a ton of fun! We have kiddie pools at some of our Best Friends Pet Hotels – It’s kind of like having a mini dog water park!
4. The summer’s heat can mean hot surfaces like sidewalks, pavement, and sand. These surfaces can be harmful to your dog’s paws if too hot, so it’s important to keep their paws protected. A paw wax protector or doggy boots may be a good idea if you and your dog plan on spending a day at the beach or going for walks during the heat of the day.
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