Is your furry friend on heartworm prevention? Spring is quickly approaching! After such a vicious winter, the prospect of sunny days and warm temperatures can seem like a dream come true. However, warmer temps and spring rains bring about the resurgence of many insects including mosquitoes. These pesky blood suckers are a general annoyance to many of us but to our dogs they harbor a very real and potentially deadly disease, heartworms.
April is National Heartworm Awareness month. Heartworms are spread by the bite of a mosquito. In the state of Oklahoma we recommend year round heartworm prevention, but spring mosquito swarms are real reminders of what we are battling.
It is common for owners to assume that heartworm disease is a problem for an outside, country dog but this could not be further from the truth. Indoor, urban dogs are very much at risk. A well maintained backyard with Bermuda grass, potted plants and lawn ornaments is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add to this the fact that urban pets live much closer to each other than do country dogs. Sunset Veterinary Clinic is currently treating 5 dogs for heartworm infection. One of these is a 13 year old 12 pound terrier who rarely ventures outdoors. Anywhere insects can fly heartworm disease can strike. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito.
Treating heartworm disease is a long, arduous, and very expensive process with serious risks. A monthly preventative for as little as $5 a month can eliminate the risk and help to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life. Sunset Veterinary Clinic offers many forms of heartworm prevention, contact us for more information. Happy Spring!