The American Heartworm Society (AHS) has updated their guidelines to help further reduce the number of canines testing positive for heart worms. Because positive heartworm diagnosis have risen by 21% between 2013 and 2016 in the United States.
What hasn’t changed is the even greater importance to keep your pet on year round heart worm preventative. With all the relocation of animals from the hurricane hit states, the transmission of heart worm disease has increased.
Many times we don’t even think about mosquitos biting our pets, but that’s how heart worms are transmitted dog to dog is through mosquitos. This year we have seen temperatures bouncing up and down more than usual. The weekend has highs in the 60s and last week it was 20 degrees! Then add to that the heavy moisture fall we have had and mosquitos can still be thriving.
To learn more, go to www.heartwormsociety.org