Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pets and Heartworms

As Summer is quickly approaching, and we all spend more time outdoors, our furry friends typically follow us along and enjoy the warmer weather as well. As we all come out, unfortunately so do mosquitoes, which are known transmitters of heartworms. This presents a problem to our canine and feline companions, who are vulnerable to heartworms.

How do they get heartworms? A mosquito bites an animal infected with heartworms and becomes a carrier of the disease. Once present in the mosquito, it then bites other cats and dogs, spreading the disease. The heartworms themselves live in the animal and make it to the heart within two to three months where they begin to reproduce. Eventually, they will be present long enough (around seven months) to mature and affect the animal, creating all sorts of health hazards, including the risk of death if left unattended.

The best way to fight heartworms is to prevent them in the first place (a dog can contract heartworms several times in its life - there is no immunity). At we carry medications, including heartworm treatements, to help keep you pet safe. You can find both Heartgard®, and Interceptor® at discounted prices, which should make for a fun-filled, and healthy Summer.

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