Highland Veterinary Hospital

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   Spring is here and it is time to think about heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is deadly, but can be easily  prevented. Once heartworm is diagnosed, it may already be too late to treat due to damage done to the heart and lungs. Treatment for the disease is very expensive, painful to your pet, and not guaranteed to work. Heartworm prevention is inexpensive (as low as $7-$11/month depending on the size of your pet), easy to administer, and extremely effective. If left unprotected, your pet could have a  chance of contracting the disease. Here at Highland Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that heartworm prevention be given once a month all year round for the life of your pet. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos. Though the mosquito population does greatly decrease in the colder months, they do not simply "go away" for the winter. Although smaller in the number, the mosquito population can still survive in cooler temperatures. All it takes is one break in the cold weather and the mosquitos are back out and looking to feed. Due to the unpredictability of the weather in Central Oregon, your pet may still be at risk of getting heartworm, even if it's the middle of the winter. Heartworm  preventatives can also protect against certain parasites that can be contracted at any time of year(roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm)  and some can be passed to you or a member of your family                                          


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Highland Veterinary Hospital

Jim Bauersfeld, DVM                                  Rachel Poet, DVM