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5 Facts Pet Owners Should Know About Heartworm Disease

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Here are five facts pet owners should know about heartworm disease, a disease that affects more than a million pets in the U.S.

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5 Facts Pet Owners Should Know About Heartworm Disease

  1. 1. 5 FACTS EVERY PET OWNER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEARTWORM DISEASE
  2. 2. Pets don’t infect each other with heartworms; pesky mosquitoes spread the disease. #1: Blame the mosquito!
  3. 3. In fact, just ONE BITE from an infected mosquito is all it takes to infect your pet with heartworms.
  4. 4. #2: Heartworm infection has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
  5. 5. That’s why all pets—big or small, indoor or outdoor, old or young—need heartworm protection.
  6. 6. #3: Cats as well as dogs get heartworm disease.
  7. 7. And unlike dogs, cats have no approved medications to treat heartworm infection.
  8. 8. #4: There’s no season for heartworm disease.
  9. 9. That’s why the American Heartworm Society recommends year-round prevention.
  10. 10. #5: Heartworms are deadly ...
  11. 11. … but heartworm prevention is affordable, highly effective and easy to give.
  12. 12. AMERICAN HEARTWORM SOCIETY RECOMMENDATIONS Test pets for heartworm infection every 12 months Give pets heartworm preventives 12 months a year

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