May is Heartworm Prevention Month All Creatures Veterinary Center 972-307-7400
The very mild winter we had here in north Texas means we can all expect lots of bugs this spring and summer. One bug, the mosquito, is expected to be abundant and this is potentially very bad for your pet. Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, a parasite infection that permanently debilitates or kills thousand of pets every year. And it only takes one infected mosquito bite to cause this disease. An estimated one million dogs will be heartworm positive in the United States this year.
How do mosquitoes spread heartworms?
Luckily heartworm disease is preventable and the prevention is cheap and easy when compared to the lengthy, stressful and expensive treatment. Treatment can cost over $1,000 which makes giving a monthly preventive a bargain in comparison. Treatment requires painful, arsenic-based injections to kill the heartworms present inside the lungs and heart. In addition, this is followed by a 1-3 month period of limited physical activity and possible health complications. Surgery may be required for dogs burdened with large amounts of worms. It is much easier to prevent heartworms than to treat them.
What are the symptoms of heartworm disease?*Dull coat *Lack of energy *Coughing *Difficulty breathing
How does HEARTGARD Plus work?
HEARTGARD PURCHASE BONUSThe doctors and staff All Creatures have already seen a higher than normal number of pets infested with fleas this year - a result of the mild winter. To promote the use a heartworm preventative with a flea preventative, All Creatures is giving a free dose of Frontline Plus when you purchase 12 months of Heartgard protection.
(Heartgard given monthly with Frontline Plus, provides the most protection for your dog against worms, fleas and other parasites. For cats, All Creatures recommends Revolution as the most effective and broadest spectrum of protection.)