Heartworm prevention time is quickly approaching, don’t let the cold temperatures lull you into a false sense of safety! I know some people keep dogs on heartworm prevention meds year-round — and many veterinarians recommend this. Because climate change is warming winter, and mosquitoes season starts earlier and stays later each year, timing is getting too difficult to predict. A week or more of warm weather in the middle of winter can create the right conditions for a few to hatch. It only takes one to bite.
If you’d like to take a look at a graphic that shows the life cycle of heartworm, check the American Heartworm Society page for more in-depth information.
“Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as nematodes (roundworms) and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms” (AHS)
Steve Dale talks with Dr. Sheldon Rubin about what heartworm is, how in acts inside an animal, the ease of prevention and the not so easy treatment.
Heartworm in Dogs and Cats – Podcast with Dr Rubin =)