Does My Pet Really Need Heartworm Prevention All Year Round?

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Most dog owners realize the necessity of giving heartworm prevention to prevent a life threatening condition from dramatically affecting their dogs.

Unfortunately, some confusion seems to arise when giving the once-a-month preventatives. Heartworm disease is a mosquito borne disease. It requires a mosquito to complete its life cycle so a dog can only become infected from an infected mosquito. Since we do not see as many mosquitoes in the winter as we do at other times during the year, a question often arises as to whether to give the prevention in the winter months.

A simple answer is…yes. Those in the Staunton/Waynesboro/Augusta County area know very well that the inconsistencies of winter weather in this area can easily produce warm enough temperatures to have mosquitoes be active, even if only for a few days. Those hungry mosquitoes will be zeroing in on our 102 degree (normal body temperature) dogs. Since it only takes a single bite from an infected mosquito, it is imperative to continue prevention.

A second good reason to continue the prevention is that most preventatives for heartworm will also help prevent some of the intestinal parasites from affecting your dog.

Now, with the injection of heartworm prevention, we can administer a 6-month preventative!! This will protect your dog throughout the entire winter, no matter what the temperature! Getting the injection twice yearly also eliminates the occasional “I forgot” to give my dog its monthly pill.

If your dog isn’t current on its heartworm prescription, call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577 to schedule an appointment.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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