Mild winter has caused an increase in heartworm disease threats
POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:53pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Since last winter was so warm, the mosquito population was not thinned out.
So this summer, pets are have even more of a risk of contracting heartworm disease.
Guys, when pet owners hear the works heartworm disease, it can send chills up their spines.
But even with the increased risk, if you take the necessary precautions, your animals should be safe.
Heartworm medication products can run from around thirty to sixty dollars per box, which can be expensive for some households.
But if you neglect to purchase any of these preventions, you will end of spending much more.
Many area vets offer a shot, that will protect your dog for up to six months.
And since heartworm is transferred by mosquitoes, vets tell k-e-t-k that some inside dog owners believe their pets are safe without any medication.
But even if you don't live by a lake, or your dog spends most of its time in the house, mosquitoes will still find them.
Now not all heartworm contractions are fatal, but if your dog if older, or if the problem has lasted too long, it may be too late to make them well.
So it's always best to have your pet tested often, and have them properly medicated to protect them from this surplus of mosquitoes