The American Heartworm Society reminds pet owners to stay in the
heartworm-prevention habit, no matter what the season. Contrary to what
owners may think, heartworm disease is a year-round threat.
Here are the facts:
Fact #1: Pesky pests pay no attention to the calendar. Knowing
that mosquitoes spread heartworms, some dog and cat owners mistakenly
assume protection is only needed during warm-weather months. The truth
is that mosquitoes can survive long after the weather turns cool by
seeking out protected pockets of heat and humidity called microclimates.
Meanwhile, because medications work by killing early-stage heartworm
larvae that have already infected pets, prevention that stops when the
temperature drops can leave pets unprotected when they need it most.
Fact #2: Mosquitoes know when to come in from the cold. When
weather changes prompt pets to spend more time inside, mosquitoes
follow, keeping the possibility of heartworm transmission alive. This
means that so-called "indoor" pets are as much at risk as their more
Fact #3: Staying on schedule with heartworm prevention keeps pets
safe. On-again, off-again heartworm protection is risky. Missing
just one dose of medication-or giving it late-can result in heartworm
infection, which has no approved treatment in cats and is both costly
and complicated to treat in dogs. It also eliminates the guesswork of
trying to figure out when and if the pet is at risk of heartworm
transmission. Finally, people are creatures of habit. It's much easier
to remember to give a pet preventive medication year-round than it is to
do it part-time.
Heartworm disease can be deadly for pets, so prevention is essential.
Giving heartworm preventives year-round is one of the easiest and most
important steps owners can take to keep their pets healthy
The American Heartworm Society is a non-profit organization whose
mission is to lead the public in the understanding of heartworm disease.
Through their "Think
12" program, they remind owners to give their pets heartworm
preventives 12 months a year and test pets for heartworm every 12
months. Owners can learn more about heartworm protection for their pets
by checking out the resources at heartwormsociety.org.
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