Protect Your Pets From Heartworms This Summer

Heartworms are parasites that can be spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites a dog or cat, heartworm larvae are deposited into the pet’s bloodstream where they live, mature, and reproduce.

Does Heartworm exist in Ontario?

Although you might associate mosquitoes and heartworms more strongly with warm, humid, and more southern locales, pets are at risk of contracting heartworms in any area where mosquitoes are active. This means that pets living in Ontario should be protected with a heartworm preventative at least from June through November (and during other times of the year, if your pet will be traveling to warmer climates).

The Importance of Protecting Your Pets

Pets that are infected with heartworms – especially dogs – are at risk of developing heartworm disease which occurs as a result of the congestion of heartworms living in and around a pet’s heart, lungs, and circulatory system. Heartworm infections can result in organ damage, serious respiratory illness, and even death.
There is no treatment for heartworms in cats, and the treatment for dogs can be risky and not always 100% effective. Even if canine heartworm treatment is effective, any organ damage that has already occurred will be permanent. As a result, heartworm prevention is essential to protecting and preserving the health of your pet.

How to Prevent Heartworm Disease

You can help protect your pet by limiting their exposure to mosquitoes by keeping your yard clear of debris and standing water. The most effective way to protect your pet, however, is with medications designed to prevent heartworms. These medications can be administered in the form of monthly chews or topical drops.

Heartworm Prevention in Brampton

At Bramalea Animal Hospital, we place a strong emphasis on preventative care for our patients, and that’s why we recommend protecting all dogs and cats from the dangers of heartworm disease. There are a variety of heartworm preventative medications available for pets, and our veterinarians can help you determine the preventative that is best for your pet based on your administration preferences and your pet’s annual exposure risk.
To learn more or schedule a parasite prevention appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact our veterinary hospital in Brampton today.

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