Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease - Memphis PetVax Complete Care Center
Heartworm disease is a serious parasitic infection that is transmitted to cats and dogs by an infected mosquito. Once infected, the parasites develop into worms that live in the lungs, heart, and blood vessels. If left untreated, it can cause heart failure, severe lung disease, as well as cause damage to the vital organs in the body.
Tips to Protect Pets from Heartworm Disease This Spring & Summer
Although your pet can develop heartworm disease at any time of the year, the prevalence of mosquitoes in the spring and summer makes it more common. Here is how you can protect your pet during these times of the year.
Consider Heartworm treatment preventatives
Heartworm disease is easily preventable. All you need to do is give your cats and dogs a regular preventive drug for year-round protection against heartworm. Some of these preventive products also help with flea and tick prevention. However, it’s important to consult your veterinarian to determine the best medication for your pet.
Clean mosquito breeding areas
Keep your water drains clean and get rid of water-holding containers around your home in order to destroy breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Also, maintain short grass and trim shrubs around your property so that adult mosquitoes don’t hide in these places.
Mosquito proof your home
The most effective way to prevent your pet from potentially harmful mosquito bites is through mosquito proofing your home with a heartworm treatment. There are different professional barrier controls that are safe for the entire family. Your veterinarian will help choose the best product according to your needs. Once you spray, it takes 30 minutes to dry, during which your pets should remain indoors. After that, they can be allowed to go outside and play, safe from mosquitoes!
NOTE: Don't use protects meant for humans on your pets, including DEET based sprays.
Schedule Heartworm Treatment at PetVax Complete Care Centers
Regular heartworm exams are necessary to ensure your little furry friend remains a healthy companion. At PetVax Complete Care Centers, we have turned our passion for animals into a career. For more than 24 years, we’ve been providing quality and affordable veterinary care for Memphis and the mid-South residents. We are available 24/7, and we’ll stop at nothing less than optimum wellness for your pet.
To schedule an appointment, fill in our online form or simply call us at 901-654-3110.