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As the warmth of spring beckons, so do the buzzing mosquitoes, heralding the arrival of National Heartworm Awareness Month. This crucial month serves as a reminder to pet owners everywhere to remain vigilant against the silent threat of heartworm disease, especially during this season when mosquitoes are most active.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects dogs, cats, and even ferrets. It is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of infected animals, leading to severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs.

The primary mode of transmission for heartworms is through the bite of an infected mosquito. As temperatures rise and humidity levels increase during the spring and summer months, mosquitoes become more prevalent, posing a greater risk of heartworm transmission to our beloved pets.

Prevention is key when it comes to heartworm disease. Thankfully, there are highly effective preventive measures available, including monthly heartworm preventatives prescribed by veterinarians. These preventatives not only protect against heartworm infection but also safeguard against other common parasites, such as fleas and intestinal worms.

Regular testing for heartworms is also essential, as early detection allows for prompt treatment and better outcomes for infected pets. Annual heartworm tests are recommended for all dogs, even those on preventive medication, to ensure that they remain free of this potentially deadly disease.

During National Heartworm Awareness Month and beyond, let us remain vigilant in protecting our furry companions from the threat of heartworm disease. By staying informed, administering preventive medications as directed by veterinarians, and scheduling regular check-ups, we can help keep our pets safe and healthy for years to come.

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