Danger of Heartworm Infection [Infographic]
It’s summer, and you and your dog are probably spending a lot of time outdoors this time of year- which has a ton of benefits! Fresh air, exercise, socialization.. the list is pretty extensive. However, there are pests that can make the summertime a nightmare; I’m talking about Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes. I recently found three infographics that talk about fleas, ticks and heartworms that make it easy to understand why preventatives are so important.
Heartworm disease is transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected animal and later bites an uninfected animal. Canine heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, so although infection is less prevalent in some areas of the country than others, all dogs are at risk for contracting the disease.
If a dog contracts heartworms they can be treated, however, the pre-work can be costly and it is extremely important that your dogs activity is extremely limited once they have been treated for heartworms. According to WebMD-Pets “After treatment [vaccination], the worms begin to die and as they die, they break up into pieces, which can cause a blockage of the pulmonary vessels and cause death. That’s why dogs have to be kept quiet [limited activity] during the treatment and then for several months afterward. Studies have shown that most of the dogs that die after heartworm treatment do so because the owners let them exercise. It’s not due to the drug itself.”
Choosing the right preventative is so important, always discuss preventative medications with your veterinarian before dispensing. Just like people, every dog will react differently
Infographic Courtesy: VetDepot
Treatment information: WebMD-Pets
Featured Image: Planet Science
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