Happy Spring From BAC!!~
Prevention is the Key
Temperatures are rising, birds are "chirping, flowers are blooming, and insects are BITING!! Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are out in FULL FORCE, and this is not good news for you or your pet. The more important danger, however, isn't visible. Though fleas and ticks can cause an itching frenzy, heartworms are the real danger.
Heartworm disease is SPREAD not only to dogs, but to cats as well, by mosquitoes. Immature heartworms are transmitted to a dog or cat when an infected mosquito bites and feeds on them. The immature stage of the heartworm contained within the mosquito is extremely small, but these small worms will mature and grow as they travel from the bite to the pet's heart and Lungs. Although initially small, adult heartworms will become approximately eight to twelve inches in length after only six to eight months of infection. These Large, white worms, which resemble spaghetti, live inside Large blood vessels within the heart and lungs. The presence of these worms may damage the heart, lungs and other internal organs, resulting in serious illness and ultimately, death. Signs of heartworm disease may include fatigue, weight loss, vomiting and a chronic cough. These symptoms may not appear in an infected animal for some time. By then, heartworms have already made their way to the animal's heart and lungs and SEVERE damage to these vital organs my have already occurred. However, there is treatment available.
Fortunately, prevention of heartworm disease is easy. Excellent medicines are available that are highly safe and effective for both dogs and cats. They should be administered year round, and routine checks are recommended for dogs.