There are several myths when it comes to the prevention of heartworms for your pet.  They are:

  1. Cats don’t get heartworm disease.  This is simply not true.  Cats do get heartworm disease.  Although heartworm infection is diagnosed more often in dogs, studies show that unprotected cats are just as vulnerable.
  2. I don’t need to treat my pets year round.  People that live in colder climates tend to think that heartworms can’t survive in that type of environment which is simply not the case.  These parasites can adapt to colder climates which makes treating your loved pet year round, a must in order to keep them safe.  The same goes for those in dry climates as well.
  3. Indoor pets are protected from contracting heartworm disease.  Mosquitoes which are the culprits for infecting your pets live both indoor and outdoor.  This is why it is important to treat your indoor pets with a monthly heartworm preventative.
  4. I have my pets on heartworm preventative, so I don’t need to get them tested yearly. Even pets that are on a monthly preventative can still contract heartworms.  It is always a good idea to get your pet tested yearly to ensure that the treatment is working effectively.  A pet can become infected if just one dose is missed, given late, or even rubbed off.

Contact The Boulevard Veterinary Clinic today to ensure your loved one receives the proper care they deserve!