It’s Almost Spring! Time To Protect Your Pet From Heartworms

heartwormsIt’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain… The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworms in pets.

Mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected. Here’s the good news about heartworm disease. It’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is, if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at risk of getting sick.

 

 

Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet, and some signs of the illness are tough to spot.  In fact, by the time your pet starts to show signs damage has already occurred to their heart and lungs.   Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life-threatening.

Signs of heartworms:

  • Fatigue
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing
  • Sudden death

You may be thinking, “My pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” But, heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.  There are many misconceptions about heartworms.

The good news is, protection is simple.  There are many heartworm preventatives that stop the development of heartworms in your pet.  The doctors and staff at Guthrie Pet Hospital recommend all-year around prevention.

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’ll do a thorough exam, including a simple heartworm test, to make sure your pet is at his/her optimum health. And we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease, so your pet stays healthy, happy and safe! Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today!

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