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Posted on 03-21-2016

It’s Spring! Time to check for heartworm disease! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!

It’s March—springtime is here! 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 heartworm disease 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. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.

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.

5 Interesting Facts:

  1. More than 1 million pets in the United States have heartworm disease. In N.Y. there is an estimated 1-25 cases per veterinary clinic.
  2. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
  3. Both dogs and cats can get heartworm disease, although it is much more common in dogs.
  4. Heartworm disease can be fatal. Heartworm  disease affects the heart, lungs and pulmonary blood vessels of pets and can be fatal to both dogs and cats.
  5. Prevention is safe, effective and cost-effective. The American Heartworm Society recommends  year-round prevention for dogs and cats in the U.S., even in regions that experience cold winters

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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