The Importance of Year-Round Heartworm Disease Prevention

Dog at vet for check up.

Did you know that pets can be infected with heartworm disease for years before they show symptoms? By the time they’re finally diagnosed, treatment may be limited, expensive, ineffective, or all three.

Heartworm disease statistics show infections occurring in all 50 states, and Texas is ranked in the top 10. Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease prevention is a year-round priority. 


External Parasites and Your Pet

External parasites in pets.

It isn’t very pleasant to find something living on your pet that you did not invite into your home. External parasites are a hazard of pet ownership, but with the help of Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital, you can develop a pet wellness plan that makes sure that you identify and eradicate external parasites as quickly as possible. 


Due Diligence: Heartworm Prevention

Beautiful yorkshire terrier playing with a ball on a grassCringe-worthy fact of the day: mosquitoes typically enjoy a four-minute blood meal before zooming away to another victim. This non-stop hunt has the potential to spread disease such as malaria, dengue fever, and the West Nile virus. Unfortunately, residents of San Antonio are all too familiar with mosquitos and the associated health risks.

Heartworm disease is also spread by mosquitoes. Although people aren’t at risk, our animal friends certainly are, making heartworm prevention one of our top priorities. Not sure how to protect your dog, cat, or ferret? Look no further!

Parade of Parasites

Most pet owners are aware of fleas and ticks, but when it comes to heartworm disease, there’s typically a great deal to discuss. Because of our climate, mosquitoes are present almost year round, making it fairly common for pets to contract heartworm disease. Continue…