Finally, mosquitos are known for pestering us on warm summer nights, but it’s the heartworms
they transmit that are the real concern for our pets. Heartworms are often deadly for dogs
. While there is treatment for heartworms in dogs, it can be hard on them and is very expensive. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats.
How can a pet parent keep those buzzing, jumping, biting bugs at bay? Monthly oral and topical preventatives are available for both dogs and cats to protect against heartworm disease and limit their exposure to fleas, ticks and mosquitos.
Many pet parents mistakenly think such preventive steps are only necessary in warm weather, but applying them year-round should be a no-brainer. Pet owners who live in mild climates have to contend with hungry bugs all year, but even a few warmer-than- average days in colder climates are enough to put pets at risk.
Likewise, “indoor-only” pets are not automatically outside the danger zone. It only takes one mosquito bite to transmit heartworms, and more than one pet parent has heard that familiar buzzing in their home. Monthly treatments are your pet’s best defense.
You can take prevention one step further in the case of Lyme disease, which takes at least 24 hours for the tick to transmit. Checking pets daily, especially after they have been in the woods or high grass, can help spot ticks before they spread sickness. A Lyme vaccine is also available for dogs, so ask your veterinarian whether she recommends it.
Remember, when it comes to backyard pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitos, your pets deserve that ounce of prevention!