How to protect your pets from Heartworms
Heartworm prevention is key to a healthy pet.
Heartworms are a parasite that can cause some serious health risk and can be fatal to your pets. It primarily affects your canine and feline friends as well as ferrets. There are several preventative options on the market today. It is important to note that heartworm preventative is a prescription medication that is prescribed by your local veterinarian.
How are heartworms transmitted?
The risk of your pet contracting heartworms is year round. If you live in an area that has mosquitoes, no matter the number of mosquitoes, your pet is at risk. Just like humans can contract diseases from mosquitoes, like the West Nile Virus, your canines and felines friends can contract heartworms from mosquitoes.
What are the different options for heartworm prevention?
There are numerous FDA approved heartworm preventatives that your veterinarian can discuss with you during your pet's annual visit. There are oral, topical, and even injectable preventative options. Some of the heartworm preventatives can even protect your pets from other parasites, both internal and external. It is important to have your pet tested yearly for heartworms and discuss the best preventative or treatment plan with your veterinarian.
Here is a wonderful video discussing Heartworm prevention by AVMA.