Heartworm Disease: A Growing Threat in Colorado

If you’re a longtime Denver area resident, you’ve surely noticed how much the metro area has grown over the past 10 years. And, our population growth continues to extend outward beyond the city and surrounding suburban areas.

While Colorado’s popularity as a great place to live is mostly a good thing, it also affects us in ways that we may not think of, such as how it affects our pets. With more and more people and pets moving here, the number of heartworm disease cases seen by local veterinarians has increased every year.

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The Ins and Outs of Heartworm Prevention

Mosquito abatement is critical to heartworm preventionMost pet owners are familiar with or have heard about heartworm disease. Heartworms are mosquito-borne, blood-dwelling parasites that make their home in the pulmonary artery, a major blood vessel between the heart and lungs, wreaking havoc on the cardiovascular systems of dogs and cats.

Thankfully, we have many safe, effective options available for our pets that can almost eliminate the chance of infection when properly administered. You probably give your dog or cat a heartworm preventive as recommended by our veterinarians at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center. Since heartworm preventives are commonly misunderstood, we’re going to zero in on the heartworm preventives we use, what they do, and why administering them correctly matters for them to work properly in preventing heartworm disease. Continue…

Heart To Heart: The Importance Of Heartworm Prevention

Black and white silhouette of mosquitoResponsible pet owners have a lot to think about when it comes to raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pet. Proper diet, high quality wellness care, exercise, mental stimulation, obedience training, and of course the all-important snuggle time, are among the many facets of modern pet care. It’s understandable that monthly parasite prevention may be overlooked from time to time, but this can have devastating effects on our four-legged friends.

The screening and prevention of parasites, specifically heartworm, is a crucial component of your pet care arsenal and this is why we recommend year-round heartworm prevention. Continue…