The spring season brings warmer weather, longer days, and mosquitoes. When it comes to your pets, these tiny insects can create a big problem known as heartworm disease – a life threatening, but easily preventable condition. It’s critical for owners to understand how to properly protect their pets.
The prevalence of heartworm disease in the U.S. is on the rise, likely due to last year’s extreme hurricane season that caused flooding across the Gulf Coast, eastern seaboard and Puerto Rico. As symptoms may not be evident for up to six months or longer, it’s important for owners to know what to look for now.
Treatment of heartworm is not easy, either; it can be physically and mentally stressful for your dog and can be up to 4,000 times more expensive to treat than to prevent. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your veterinarian about preventive treatment.
Just in time for Heartworm Awareness Month, Dr. Andrea Sanchez from Banfield Pet Hospital is here for advice!