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Friday 5:00 pm through Monday 8:30 am, and major holidays.

As temperatures grow warmer, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) wants every pet owner to be prepared for mosquito season and the heartworm disease risk it carries for pets.

Heartworms are found in the heart and large adjacent vessels.  The female worm is 6 to 14 inches long and 1/8 inch wide; the male is about half the size of the female.  One dog may have as many as 300 worms.

Heartworm disease is not spread directly from dog to dog.  An intermediate host, the mosquito, is required for transmission. It takes a number of years before dogs show outward signs of infection.  Consequently, the disease is diagnosed mostly in 4 to 8 year old dogs.  Symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, and decreased energy level. 

Although the risk of heartworm disease is heightened in warmer months when the mosquito population increases, the AHS recommends year-round prevention for both dogs and cats. By giving heartworm prevention every month, forgetful pet owners will have their pets protected when they need it most.

Treatment is available for heartworm disease in dogs, but the treatment is much more costly and dangerous to the animal than preventing it. Yet another reason to use year-round prevention is that many heartworm preventives also have preventatives against intestinal and other common parasites, such as roundworms and fleas.

Options for preventing heartworm infection in both dogs and cats include monthly chewable tablets available in 6-month and yearly packages. These methods are effective, easy to administer and inexpensive. These medications interrupt heartworm development before larvae and adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease. When administered properly and on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can easily be prevented.

The American Heartworm Society, www.heartwormsociety.org, is the global resource for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heartworm disease. It was formed during the Heartworm Symposium of 1974. The American Heartworm Society stimulates and financially supports research, which furthers knowledge and understanding of the disease.

A heartworm test requires just a small amount of blood and can be performed by a veterinary technician.  It only takes about 20 minutes of your time, so please set up an appointment today to get your pet tested!

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Westside Veterinary Clinic
during the month of April!

April: Heartworm Awareness Month

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