April is a special month for pet owners and veterinarians alike. It marks Heartworm Prevention Month, a crucial time to spread awareness about heartworm disease and the importance of keeping our pets protected. At the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa, we’re committed to the health and happiness of your pets. This month, we encourage all pet owners to take a moment to learn about heartworm disease and the simple steps you can take to shield your beloved animals from this preventable condition.

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a severe and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms (Dirofilaria immitis) that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets. It’s transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, placing pets at risk in many parts of the country and throughout the year. Dogs, cats, and ferrets can all be hosts to heartworms. Dogs are natural hosts, meaning heartworms can mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring while living inside a dog. The disease can lead to severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs in the body.

Why Focus on Prevention?

Treatment for heartworm disease exists, but it’s costly and can be hard on your pet’s body. Prevention, however, is easy, safe, and much more affordable. Protecting your pet from heartworm disease is a simple step that can save lives and prevent the stress and pain associated with this disease. During Heartworm Prevention Month, we aim to educate and remind pet owners about the importance of heartworm prevention.

How to Protect Your Pets

Year-round Prevention: Heartworm prevention is available in various forms, including oral tablets, topical treatments, and injections. These medications are effective and can protect your pet from heartworm disease when administered correctly.

Regular Testing: The American Heartworm Society recommends annual testing to ensure that your pet is heartworm-free and that prevention measures are working as they should. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment.

Mosquito Control: Reducing your pet’s exposure to mosquitoes can also help prevent heartworm disease. This includes using mosquito repellents approved for pets and minimizing standing water where mosquitoes breed.

At the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa, our team is here to guide you through the best prevention practices tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Whether you have questions about selecting the right heartworm prevention product or need to schedule a heartworm test, we’re here to help.

Let’s Join Hands in Prevention

Heartworm disease is preventable, and during Heartworm Prevention Month, we urge every pet owner to take action. By focusing on prevention, we can work together to ensure our pets lead longer, healthier lives.

For more information on heartworm prevention or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at info@lakevillavet.com or call 847-356-8387. Your pet’s health is our top priority, and we’re dedicated to providing the care they deserve.

Looking to purchase preventions? Pick them up in-clinic, or visit our online pharmacy and have them shipped right to your door!
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Protect your furry friends against heartworm disease. It’s a small step with a significant impact.