Heartworm Disease

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Mosquitoes – Another Reason to Hate Them

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As professional pet sitters and dog walkers, we get a lot of client questions about Heartworm Disease – its causes and how to prevent it. With summer comes beautiful sunny days, mosquito-filled nights, and Heartworm Disease. Just another reason to hate mosquitoes.

Heartworm Disease is so-named because the worms travel to the dog’s heart, where they can grow up to fourteen inches long, once matured. If not removed, they can cause irreversible heart and lung damage and result in death. Treating a dog diagnosed with Heartworm is very serious and exorbitantly expensive.

Needless to say, preventing Heartworm¬†Disease is the key to good health for your dogs. Before beginning preventative medication, your dog’s blood must be tested for the Disease. If the test results are negative, then your dog can be placed on monthly, chewable medication to prevent the disease. If your dog is under six months, then they can be started on the preventative immediately.

This is a simple test, takes only minutes, and is very affordable. In Fort Collins, dogs should be on a Heartworm medication May through November. A seven-month supply generally runs around $42.00 to $70.00, depending on the weight of your dogs.

Call your vet soon to get your dogs tested.

Poochy Doos, LLC is not a veterinarian. Content is for informational purposes only. Please see your vet for all questions regarding Heartworm Disease.