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Nashville & Brentwood pet owners – It takes just one bite from an infected mosquito to break your pet’s heart!
What are heartworms? Heartworms are a serious disease, particularly in Nashville with the prevalence of mosquitoes. Foot-long worms (that look like spaghetti) live in the heart, lungs & blood vessels, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and can be fatal if untreated.
How does my pet get heartworms? Heartworms living in an infected dog, cat or wildlife produce baby worms that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these worms and when it bites another animal, it transfers the worms through the bite wound. Heartworms can grow and live for 3 years in cats and 5 – 7 years in dogs.
How prevalent are heartworms in Nashville? Heartworm disease is a year-round problem. In Tennessee, 1 in 32 dogs tested positive for heartworms.
What can I do to protect my pet? Heartworm disease is preventable! Dogs should be tested annually and before starting prevention. Prevention is the safest and cheapest option, but treatment is available for dogs (although expensive & time-consuming). Cats should be tested before starting prevention and re-tested as the veterinarian deems appropriate. There is NO treatment in cats, so heartworm prevention is critical and the only way to protect cats from heartworms.
Heartworm Treatment vs. Heartworm Prevention
Southside Animal Hospital has safe, effective products available that cater to you and your pet’s lifestyle and budget and should be administered all 12 months of the year:
Keep your pets safe from this fatal but easily preventable disease!
Schedule an appointment for their heartworm test and to discuss the best prevention options for your pets.
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