Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease which, untreated, can be fatal
to your dog.
Dogs may not show signs of heartworm disease until there are 15 to 19
heartworms around a foot in length living in their heart and lungs.
Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss and a chronic cough. By the
time these symptoms appear, your dog has probably already incurred
permanent damage to his heart and lungs.
Successful treatment of heartworm disease requires powerful drugs and
is expensive. Additionally, treatment is not always successful in
eradicating all stages of heartworms and sometimes has to be repeated.
Add these factors up and you can see why prevention is healthier and
less expensive than treating heartworm disease.
Before giving a heartworm preventative, a blood test should be
performed to make sure your dog isn't already infected with
If the test is negative, your dog can begin taking a heartworm
preventative. Some owners only give heartworm preventative during the
summer months but in Oklahoma mosquitoes are present about 8 months of
the year. The safest course of action is to establish a monthly,
year-round schedule of administering heartworm preventative.
Contact us for a comparison of heartworm preventatives and the protection they
provide. Some heartworm preventative formulas
provide protection against other parasites as well.