It's the first day of a new month and that means Andy got his monthly dose of heartworm preventative this morning. Heartworms are invasive parasites, spread through the bite of mosquitoes, that can take up residence in the hearts and lungs of dogs; dogs are considered the primary hosts of this parasite though other mammals can be infected as well. Heartworm prevention is easy and relatively cheap. To treat an active infection on the other hand is difficult, involved, and expensive. If left untreated heartworm disease is fatal. For more detailed information on heartworms and prevention check out the pet owner resources on the American Heartworm Society's website.
Your dog should be tested for heartworms during his annual wellness check. If he tests negative your vet will recommend a heartworm preventative in order to continue to keep your pup heartworm-free. We purchased a 6 pack of Heartgard Plus (prevents heartworms and intestinal worms) from our vet for around $30.00 and administer the product on the first of every month. The medicine is a beef flavored chewable which Andy chomps up like a treat. When it comes to heartworms an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.