Did your family get a new puppy? How exciting! A new dog is so much fun for the whole family, but in the flurry of new toys, names, and potty training, you may forget some important steps you need to take for their health.
Getting your puppy protected against heartworm right away can prevent a lot of issues down the road. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos, who can transmit infected blood from dog to dog. Heartworm spreads quickly, infecting the heart and rapidly reproducing.
Dogs with heartworm disease can be treated effectively and go on to lead happy and healthy lives. However, it needs to be caught quickly to ensure the dog can be cured.
There are a few types of heartworm protection we would recommend, and they come at a cost of $10 or less per month to keep your dog protected. The most common treatments include a monthly tablet, a topical solution, and even an injection that is administered every six months. Talk to your veterinarian about what treatment is best for your dog!
When you take your new puppy in for their initial exam, make sure you discuss heartworm prevention with your vet. Your dog will thank you for it!