Heartworm Awareness Month
This month is Heartworm Awareness Month at Charleston Animal Society!
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease in dogs spread by mosquitos year-round. It is caused by heartworms that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of affected animals. The infestation causes severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
What is heartworm disease?
Dogs are the natural host for heartworms, so they are at an especially high risk for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease can cause severe and lasting damage to canines, even long after the parasites are gone. Treatment for heartworm disease is both expensive and complex, so prevention is crucial. Once a dog has a negative heartworm test, they should be promptly started on a heartworm preventative.
How do I prevent heartworm disease?
We highly recommend HEARTGARD® Plus for dogs. These tasty, meat-flavored chews can be given to your dog every 30 days. As a plus, HEARTGARD® Plus also treats and controls three species of hookworms and two species of roundworms. Any dog that has been adopted from Charleston Animal Society or heartworm tested in our clinic in the last 12 months can order HEARTGARD® Plus from our online pharmacy.