Let’s Talk About Heartworm Medicine and Prevention

Have you read the directions on the Heartworm medicine that you give your dog (or cat)? Does it all make sense?

If you skipped all the fine print and just followed the advice given by many veterinarians (and some manufacturer directions) you could be doing a disservice to your pet.

Conflicting Information Abounds

Some manufacturers say to just give the medicine during ‘mosquito season’. Well, when is that?

Mosquito season isn’t the same time every year. Unseasonably warm temperatures in parts of the country mean that your pet could get bit by an affected mosquito before or after the ‘normal’ time mosquito’s are in your area.

Year Round Treatment is Best

Many veterinary professionals recommend year round treatment. And if you’re like me, you may question that and think the they only want your money…lol…in some cases thatbmay be true but for medicine to be effective, any medicine, it has to have time to work in the body.

By giving the medicine monthly, you’re helping to ensure that your pet is fully protected. Who hasn’t had a dog or cat throw up immediately after being given medicine? Who hasn’t seen a pile of vomit in the yard that’s already dried up?

If your pet vomited up the medicine and you didn’t know it then he’s not going to be protected against Heartworm.

Have You Known About a Pet Getting Heartworm Despite Being on Prevention?

Don’t just chalk it up to the medicine not working. Again, there are many reasons why that could happen and I’m gonna go out on a limb and say – it’s probably because the pet wasn’t given the med year round, it wasn’t given every 30 days or the pet upchucked the pill and the parent wasn’t aware of it…but hey, those are just my thoughts.

Do Your Research – Keep Your Pet Healthy

Whether you choose to do Heartworm prevention or not, we know that keeping your pet as healthy as possible is your goal.

That’s why I wanted to talk about this and give you a different perspective. Talk to your veterinarian, do some research and check out the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine for more health related articles.

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