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How to Prevent Heartworm in Your Pup

When it comes to protecting your dog, we all want to do everything possible to ensure they live the longest, healthiest, and happiest lives possible. Understanding heartworm disease and how to prevent it in your pup can help ensure your dog is living their life to the fullest!

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm that attacks and damages your dog's organs, causing heart failure, lung disease, and even death. These worms initially live inside mosquitos and are then passed onto dogs and cats in the form of mosquito bites. Once the worms have been passed to the dog, they are able to mature and reproduce, all while living in the dog's major organs. It typically takes around six to seven months for the worms to mature to the point where they are able to reproduce and spread. However, the disease is only transferred by mosquito bite and cannot be passed between pets.

It's essential to take proper prevention techniques in order to avoid costly and time consuming treatments later down the road. Prevention techniques can consist of injections, topical ointments, or oral medications. Not only can investing in one of these medications help you avoid costly treatment options, but can essentially save your pet's life.

These types of heartworm medications can be up to 99% effective at preventing the disease, so ask your vet what type of product would be best for your furry friend!


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