Heartworm Disease and Your Pet: Are you taking preventative measures?

Veterinarians across the globe are asking pet owners to protect their dogs and cats from heartworm disease instead of “gambling” that they won’t get it.  
According to an article published by the AAHA and HealthyPet.com, heartworm has recently been diagnosed in about 30 species of animals in all 50 states, and affects millions of indoor and outdoor pets. “To curb the rising number of cases, the American Heartworm Society is asking pet owners to take a more proactive role in preventing the disease,” (HealthyPet). 
Pets can get heartworm disease from mosquitoes that are infected with parasites. With only one bite, you pet’s body can be introduced to those parasites and once inside, the parasites nest and reproduce, lodging in your pet’s lungs and/or the right sides of his heart. 
“Because heartworm disease is no longer restricted to warm, humid areas, AHS experts suggest year-round preventative medication in all states and recently launched a campaign ‘KNOW More Heartworms’ with the American Association of Feline Practitioners,” (HealthyPet). One goal of this campaign is to dispel the myth that indoor cats are not at risk because “one-half to one-third of the cats with heartworms do not go outdoors,” (HealthyPet). 
Experts say that only 3.9 percent of cats in the US are on heartworm prevention, while about 50 percent of dogs are on preventative medication. 
Are you worried your pet has been infected with heartworm disease? “Clinical signs or symptoms in cats include vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, coughing and difficulty breathing,” (HealthyPet). 

If not, take preventative measures to ensure your pets optimum health and well-being.
Schedule an appointment today with the Bregman Vet Group to have your pet checked for Heartworm Disease, and to talk about preventative measures. Locations and further information can be found at www.BregmanVetGroup.com.

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