When I was a girl, a babysitter let me watch the movie “Salem’s Lot”. It was about a town that becomes over populated with vampires. After watching this movie, I was pretty frightened of the dark, so I put a cross next to my bed as well as in the window to scare off any unwanted vampires in my neighborhood. I compare this fear to the fear of my dog or cat being bitten by a mosquito and contracting heartworms. Like the cross that detours the vampires, a heartworm preventative will protect your dear pet from contracting the fatal heartworm disease.
Heartworm disease is acquired when a mosquito carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae bites your pet. The heartworm larvae enters your pet through the bite wound and into their veins. Heartworms migrate to the arteries of the lungs where they can grow up to a foot in length. Problems that occur within the blood vessels of the lungs are severe lung inflammation and heart failure. Coughing, energy loss, difficulty breathing, and even death can occur to an infected pet. A simple blood test from your veterinarian can determine if your pet is heartworm-free. Monthly heartworm preventative are so important to the health of your cat and dog.
I adopted Timber, a dog that had heartworms. I was lucky that my vet Dr. G. Edward Cummins at Nora Veterinary Hospital located at 1308 East 91st Street in Indianapolis, tested Timber and was able to treat and save his life. The treatment wasn’t easy on Timber because it involved multiple injections of an arsenic-based drug. It also required that he rest and remain inactive for eight weeks at home. The treatment can be expensive and difficult on the pet. Timber did an amazing job getting through the treatment and I’m sure it was because of the incredible treatment he received at the Nora Veterinary Hospital. He lived a long and happy life because of the preventative heartworm care he recieved after his treatment.
It is so important that your pet be given an oral heartworm medication once a month. You can purchase the heartworm preventative from your veterinarian hospital. The heartworm information provided was from the American Heartworm Society at www.heartwormsociety.org . I’m glad that I don’t need a cross next to my bed anymore to ward off vampires, but maybe a mosquito net would be a better choice.