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Posted on 03-15-2018
Heartworms are some of the most serious parasites a dog can get. As their name implies, they live in the hearts of affected animals. This puts a strain on the heart, and after enough time passes, congestive heart failure typically develops. Sometimes, they stop the heart directly – by building up their numbers to the point that it is physically impossible for the heart to function.
It is far easier to prevent heartworm disease than it is to treat it. To help with this, here are some tips:
Your veterinarian in Bloomington has a variety of prescription heartworm preventives available. Some of these target heartworms only, while others add in protection against other internal parasites. Either type will prevent heartworm infestation when properly administered. Giving your pet this type of medicine is easy. Most of it comes in the form of chews that are tasty for dogs. It also lasts a long time, so one dose a month is typically enough. Your vet will give specific instructions for the type of medicine prescribed.
Heartworms are spread by mosquito bites, so it's smart to keep your dog out of areas that are infested with the flying pests if possible. If you can't do this because you live in an area with abundant mosquitoes, do your best to avoid sending your dog out at the times they are the most active. When he absolutely has to go out at night, take him back inside as soon as he's done relieving himself.
Often, land that has plenty of mosquitoes also has standing water on or near it. This is because mosquitoes need still water to breed. Tip out any water that collects in buckets, old tires, or other such places as soon as it stops raining. If you have a pond on your land, use eco-friendly "mosquito dunks" to stop the pests from breeding there.
If there is another source of mosquitoes nearby, such as a larger body of water, you may not be able to eliminate the pests directly. Speak to your local governing body about pest control for these places. Some municipalities are willing to apply mosquito control if they are convinced that the pests are health hazards.
To get a prescription for heartworm-preventive medication, just make an appointment with us here at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL. We'll have your pet protected in no time.
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