Summer time. It’s warm weather, swimming at the beach, and cold lemonade. What can ruin such a perfect time of year? Mosquitoes. Not only are they a nuisance to us but can be harmful to our pets! Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm, a disease that can be deadly to our pets. Even if cats or dogs are indoors only, mosquitoes can easily get into our homes when we open windows or doors. Mostly a common worry for our canine friends, heartworm can infect both dogs and cats. For dogs, the treatment of heartworm is not only expensive and painful, but not 100% effective in clearing up the heartworm infection. There is no treatment available at this time for feline heartworm, meaning if your cat gets heartworm, it will be fatal.
How can we help our four-legged family members? Dogs can be tested for heartworm once a year which will show us if your pet has been infected. This annual blood work is a small price to pay to ensure that our pets are healthy and happy. Once we have a negative heartworm test, we then prescribe a year-round heartworm preventative. We carry many parasite prevention products. Products such as Revolution and Trifexis not only have heartworm preventative in them but also protect against fleas, ticks and some types of internal worm parasites, some of which can be transmitted to humans! Heartworm preventative is relatively cheap compared to the high costs of heartworm treatment and the potential loss of your pet to this preventable disease.
Please call us for any information and we will gladly answer any questions for you. Our main mission is to keep your pets healthy and happy! 440-826-1520
By April: Receptionist and Pre-Veterinary Student
Employee at MetroPet Veterinary Clinic