Heartworms can be deadly however are preventable with a monthly step that ensures your furry friend’s safety. Heartworms are a parasite that infects the heart and are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Adult heartworms generally grow 4 to 12 inches and live up to five years in the pet. Our feline friends are just as vulnerable as our canine friends and can be harmed in the same way; outdoor pets are five times more likely to contract heartworms than indoor pets given their exposure to mosquitoes. Although heartworm disease is curable, in many cases it can be fatal to your pet and the treatment is invasive with no guarantees. Here are some preventable measures that will aid in the safety and health of your companion friend. Heartgard is a monthly chew that resembles a treat and is a prevention against heartworms. Heartgard also acts as a monthly de-wormer against hookworms and roundworms. Iverhart Max is an effective monthly heartworm prevention that has the added benefit of de-worming against hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. You could also use Drontal Allwormer if you suspect that your pet already suffers from this disease, but be sure to check with a veterinarian if this is a concern. These are just a few among your many choices. Due to North Carolina’s mild climate yearly it is essential to use a monthly prevention year round. Some breeds may be sensitive to the active ingredients in various heartworm preventions, therefore it is best to consult your veterinarian about what is the best fit for your furry companion. Using organic sprays to repel insects, especially mosquitoes, and monthly flea/tick preventions will enhance the health of your pet by protecting them from those unwanted visitors. Don’t delay…start today!

Written by Arianne Ortiz

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