The Mosquitoes are biting-and thanks to heavy winter and spring rains, officials across the country are warning of a "bumper crop" increase in mosquito population.
- The mosquito is the only known vector for transmitting heartworms
- Mosquitoes are found in all 50 states
- Heartworm Disease has been found in all 50 states and infect many animals including coyotes, foxes, wolves, dogs, cats, ferrets and sea lions.
- Virtually 100% of dogs exposed to infective heartworm larvae become infected; in cats, this number drops to 61% to 90%.
- Keeping your pet inside WILL NOT guarantee that it will not get heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can get inside the house. A study performed at a veterinary school indicated that 1 in 4 of cats infected with heartworms were solely indoor cats.
- Russell Creek Pet Clinic and Hospital sells heartworm preventive medication that is applied, or given orally, only once per month. Portions of the proceeds of these sales help support veterinary school scholarships and our clinic's Veterinary Care Charitable Fund to help pets.
- We currently have up to 25% off certain preventives with other guarantees or rebates available as well. Call us at 214-547-8387 for more details.
- For more information on heartworm disease in cats and dogs, click here
Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance--they can also make people and pets seriously ill. They can spread many diseases including Malaria, Yellow Fever, St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile and Zika Virus, and dog or cat heartworm. Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for more human deaths than any living creature.
Water is very important for the reproduction of mosquitoes. All young mosquitoes are born and develop in water before they mature into flying insects. Mosquitoes can grow from eggs to adults in less than a week.
Anything that can hold water for more than a few days can be a mosquito breeding site. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites is important. Drain old tires and eliminate standing water in rain gutters, buckets, or other containers where mosquitoes can breed. Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once per week to destroy potential mosquito habitats. Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.