April is National Heartworm Awareness Month
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With all of the raining this Spring, and the number of times we have been bitten by mosquitoes already, 2016 may be a year producing a lot of heartworm disease.
To help make this a year with LESS HEARTWORMS, we are offering our Feline and Canine Revolution heartworm preventive at 25% off our retail price for the months of April and May, 2016, when you buy a year's supply. Print this blog and bring it in to receive your special offer.
Click this link to read about the life cycle of the heartworm.
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Heartworm and Your Dog. What You Need To Know.
Despite major awareness on heartworm infections, thousands of dogs continue being infected each year. However, these heartworm infections would have been prevented if people had some knowledge about these heartworms.
Habitat – Heartworms first entered the country along the Gulf of Mexico but now all the 50 states have cases of infections. This results when people move from place to place with their dogs, which may be carrying the infections.
Dog tests – Since any dog can be infected, it is advisable to always take your dog for annual tests. To add on that, they should be given monthly preventives which are very effective and affordable.
Heartworm reservoirs – The major reservoir host for heartworms are coyotes and stray dogs.
Mode of transmission – Mosquitoes are known to transmit a lot of diseases, one of them being heartworms. Since they are all year round insects that have the capability to multiply faster, measures to control them should be taken immediately and always.
For more information on the heartworm lifecycle, click here.
Climate – Due to the changes in environment and climate, the initial triggers have been becoming less effective in fighting heartworms keeping in mind that mosquitoes are an all year round insects. Therefore, preventive measures should always be taken throughout the year.
Body size – The heartworms larvae are microscopic but once they get into your dog's lungs, they can grow up to over a foot long. This causes severe devastation to an infected dog as the heartworms start to multiply.
Treatment – Though an infection is hard to cure, the treatment involves injection of certain chemicals and antibiotics which require weeks or even months of exercise restriction for your dogs.
Preventive measures – All the preventives belong to the Macrocyclic lactones group of drugs and are all similar in action. They act by preventing maturation of the immature heartworms. They should be administered once per month throughout the year.
Additional preventive measures – Since mosquitoes are a mode of transmission, measures to eliminate them should be put in place such as clearing stagnant water around our neighborhood.