Heartworm Year Around Prevention

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by the bite of

a mosquito. Although most people associate it with

warmer temperatures it can be a problem all year

around.

Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by the bite of

a mosquito. Although most people associate it with

warmer temperatures it can be a problem all year

around. The mosquito bites an animal that has the

disease then incubates the larvae for several days. After

incubating the larvae the insect bites your pet which

will then develop active adult heartwoms in 6 months.

Because the developmental period is 6 months it is

important to remain on prevention all year around. In

addition heartworm preventatives attack intestinal

parasites like the round or hook worms. These parasites

are zoonotic which mean they can infect humans.

Children are the most at risk because the hookworm

larvae can migrate through your skin while walking

barefoot in the back yard. When you protect your pet for

heartworm you will protect your family against

parasites that can cause blindness, lung inflammation

and excoriations on the skin. So don't stop giving your

pet the preventative, we need to protect everyone all

year around.