Welcome to Flea and Tick Season in New England!

flea and tick seasonIt’s that time of year again! Delightfully warm breezes, new leaves on the trees, flowers popping up everywhere, and of course the annoying onslaught of tiny, itchy, disease-carrying creatures. Fleas and ticks begin their reign of terror in New England around April, and continue to go strong through about December, when their numbers die down (but don’t go away completely).

Your pet’s ongoing good health depends in part upon disease prevention, and protecting them during flea and tick season is a great place to start.

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Heart to Heart: The Importance of Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm PreventionMost of us are aware that mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases to humans, but did you know they can also transmit a deadly illness to our pets called heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a severe and potentially fatal condition affecting a pet’s heart and lungs. It can be found in all 50 states and in Canada; infecting cats, dogs, and many other wild species. Over 30 species of mosquito are known to transmit the disease. With spring in the air, the team at Wellesley Natick Veterinary Hospital wants to review the importance of heartworm prevention.

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That Time of Year: Handling Heartworm Prevention Before it’s Too Late

It’s been proven that people benefit from friendly reminders. Whether it’s the card in the mail from your dentist or a poke from your dad to call Granny on her birthday, we all need a bit of prodding from time to time. Sometimes, we know the time is approaching to accomplish a specific task, and instead of putting it off, we get on board. This is never more true than in the case of heartworm prevention.

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. Getting involved with our community and spreading the word about this disease will hopefully help protect our nation’s pets.

Your Prevention Back Pocket

Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s wellness has a lot to do with his or her health, and parasite prevention tops the list. Your pet can be screened for diseases spread by parasites, and in the case of Lyme disease, vaccinations are also available. Untreated heartworm disease, however, is not only dangerous, it can also be deadly.

Small and Fatal

Mosquitoes are to blame for the spread of heartworm disease. They pick up the parasite dirofilaria immitis while sucking up the blood-meal of an infected animal – commonly a dog, cat, raccoon, opossum, wolf, or coyote. The parasite, in its microscopic stage, is then deposited in the bloodstream of another animal victim.

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