Did you know that April is Heartworm Awareness Month?

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April is Heartworm Awarness Month in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to make sure that your furry friend is protected from this potentially life-threatening disease. In Texas, heartworms are a year-round threat due to the warm and humid climate, which provides ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. These pesky insects are the primary mode of transmission for heartworm disease, and it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to put your dog at risk. As pet owners, we all want to ensure that our furry friends are healthy and happy. That’s why it’s important to spread awareness about heartworm disease, especially during Heartworm Awareness Month in April.

Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable with the right care. Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites and can cause serious damage to a dog’s heart and lungs if left untreated. Unfortunately, it’s not just outdoor dogs that are at risk – even indoor dogs can contract heartworms if they are bitten by an infected mosquito.

Prevention is key when it comes to heartworms. Monthly heartworm medication is a simple and effective way to protect your dog from this potentially deadly disease. It’s important to stay consistent with administering the medication, as missing even one dose can put your dog at risk.

In addition to medication, you can also take other preventive measures such as using mosquito repellents and keeping your yard clean of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. The most effective way to protect your dog from heartworms is to give them a monthly preventive medication. These medications are available in a variety of forms, including chewable tablets, topical treatments, and injections. Your veterinarian can recommend the best option for your pet based on their health status, age, and lifestyle.

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In addition to medication, there are other steps you can take to reduce the risk of heartworm disease in your pet. These include:

  • Reducing your pet’s exposure to mosquitoes by keeping them indoors during peak mosquito activity times (dawn and dusk).
  • Removing standing water from your property to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
  • Using mosquito repellents on your pet, such as sprays or collars, when they are outside.

At the Kingwood Pet Resort in Texas, we take heartworm prevention seriously.

This Heartworm Prevention Month, take the necessary steps to protect your pet from heartworm disease. Schedule a wellness visit with your veterinarian and make sure your furry friend is up-to-date on their heartworm preventive medication. Together, we can keep our pets happy, healthy, and heartworm-free.