April is Heartworm prevention and Lyme disease awareness in pets, month. Pets are infected with heartworms via a mosquito bite. An infected mosquito releases infected larvae into the bloodstream and within 6 months, adult worms, which can live up to seven years, are grown in your pet. Symptoms are usually seen in late stages of heartworm development and include a persistent cough, fatigue, inability to exercise and weight loss. Heartworms are preventable with the use of monthly products that come in various chewable, topical, oral and injectable forms. Treatment of heartworms in dogs is expensive, recovery is long and complicated and there is no treatment available for felines, so call today to speak with your veterinarian about the best product available to protect your pet. 410-355-3131
Lyme disease is transmitted to animals via the nymph and adult stages of the black-legged tick, also known as Ixodes ticks. These ticks pick up the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, after feeding on diseased wildlife such as, mice or deer. The bacteria are transmitted to your pet after and infected tick bites. There are two types of prevention for Lyme disease. The first are monthly products applied topically or taken orally to repel ticks. The second is keeping your pet up to date on the Lyme disease vaccine to prevent against the development of the disease. Call today to speak with your veterinarian to find out how you can help protect your pets against Lyme disease! 410-355-3131
Visit the http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm.html to learn more about prevention and treatment of heartworms.
Visit https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/090415p.aspx to learn more about prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.
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