As this article reaches you, summer will be in full swing, (finally)! And with the warm, humid days and nights upon us, those pesky mosquitoes will be in full swing as well. And with mosquitoes, come heartworm, the potentially lethal parasite that can infect our canine and yes, feline friends. Many pet owners already do a great job ensuring the safety of their furry family members by administering once monthly heartworm preventatives. But have you ever asked yourself why? What is heartworm exactly? Where does it come from? What does it actually do? What are the signs of heartworm infection? Is my dog really at risk, even though it doesn’t spend much time outside?
These are questions that we at Webster Veterinary Clinic are asked on a regular basis. So, we decided to use this month’s newsletter to give you all the information possible on heartworm; it’s lifecycle, transmission, prevention and treatment. Since this is a lot of information, and can be somewhat complex and confusing, we have decided to provide you a link to our friends at Veterinary Partners to help disseminate this information. They have done a wonderful job of providing detailed, yet easy to understand information on the life cycle of the heartworm parasite. This information is tantamount to understanding how your pet could get infected, and also to understand how the heartworm preventatives actually work.
And speaking of heartworm preventatives, there is an entire page dedicated to comparing all the current heartworm preventatives on the market, to allow you to select the best one for your companion.
With the addition of many outstanding photos and instructional videos, this link will provide the information needed to understand why Webster Veterinary Clinic recommends yearly testing and monthly prevention against heartworm. We hope you take some time to educate yourself about this very real, and potentially lethal threat to your pets by clicking on the link below.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Sementa, please call us or email us at Webster Veterinary Clinic.
Until next month, thanks for reading, and continue to enjoy the summer!
Gino A. Sementa, DVM and the entire staff at Webster Veterinary Clinic
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