With the unpredictability of weather this season, it’s even more critical to keep your pet on a monthly Heartworm preventative year-round. Unseasonably warm temperatures in March followed by freezing cold in May? It’s the reality for many parts of the country these days. While it’s hard to figure out exactly what Mother Nature’s thinking, it’s even harder to guess when the mosquito population—and with it, an increase in Heartworm disease—will make its presence known.
Year-round protection is that much more important since we never know when mosquitoes will emerge in the spring or how late into the fall they’ll hang around. Protection is important for both dogs and cats as well! While cats are not the primary host of Heartworms they can still contract this dangerous disease! The American Heartworm Society (AHS) strongly recommends keeping your pet(s) on year-round Heartworm prevention and having them tested if they’ve missed any monthly doses or if it’s been 2 years since they were last tested for Heartworms.
Heartworm disease is becoming more prominent throughout the United States and costs less to prevent this dangerous disease than it does to treat for it. You can find more information on Heartworm Disease from the American Heartworm Soceity at https://www.heartwormsociety.org/.