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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Formidable Foes: Best Practices For Protecting Pets From Parasites

Happy little dog smilingThe mere mention of bed bugs, head lice, or tapeworms can send any level-headed human into a paranoid frenzy. Likewise, fleas and ticks deserve a strong reaction – and your pet could be at risk this coming spring and summer.

These blood-sucking freeloaders are about to wake up from winter’s slumber, and neither fleas nor ticks discriminate on who provides the next meal. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital cares about protecting pets from parasites, and hope our preventative practices help you in the coming months.

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects that jump from host to host. Of the nearly 3,000 different types of fleas found worldwide, the cat flea is the most common culprit among domestic dogs and cats. Continue…