Posts Tagged: heartworm disease
Love your pet? Give them heartworm prevention!
Of course you love your pets, but do you love them year round by keeping them on heartworm prevention? You probably do love your pets all the time! Ok, maybe not when Rover tears into last night’s trash or when Fluffy vomits a hair ball on your newly cleaned comforter but most days, we all love our pets. What does loving our pets entail? Part of loving them is keeping them safe. One of the biggest dangers to a pet in Texas is heartworm disease.
Is heartworm disease on the rise?
The answer is unfortunately, yes. In Bexar County, the risk Continue…
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month
Hill Country Animal Hospital wants to increase your heartworm awareness level and make sure you understand how important keeping your pet on heartworm prevention really is.
How Are Heartworms Transmitted?
Heartworms are transmitted to your dog or cat via mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected by biting a dog or cat that has heartworm disease and then can spread heartworms to subsequent dogs or cats that they bite. Dogs are a natural host for heartworms and that is why most of the emphasis is on prevention and treatment in dogs. Cats can be a host but they are an atypical host.
Once the animal has been infected, heartworms grow to about a foot long and live in the heart and lungs of the infected animal. In the dog Continue…