April is Heartworm Awareness Month!!

Heartworm larvae are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. When the infected mosquito bites, the larvae pass through the tissue into the bloodstream. 47-67 days later they reach the arteries of the lungs where they continue to develop and grow. Once they arrive in the lungs, at three months post-infection, they can start to do damage.

  • Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition in dogs

  • It is caused by worms that spend their adult lives on the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs

  • It is transmitted through infected mosquito bites

  • Dogs of all ages are susceptible to infection

  • Signs range from no sign at all to persistent cough, fatigue, fainting and weight loss

  • Heartworm disease is usually detected with a blood test

  • Treatment is an expense for the owner, and a painful, prolonged ordeal for the dog

  • Prevention of heartworm disease is recommended versus heartworm disease treatment

Prevention:

Heartgard is the recommended heartworm prevention. It is based on your dogs weight and if your dog is current on its heartworm test you can pick some up at Countryside Animal Hospital!!

Right now we have a promotion going on until 12/31/15.

Buy 12 months worth and get a $12.00 mail in rebate!!  By April 1st you should be starting your dogs heartworm prevention for the season again, so come in and stock up!!!