By Dr. Dan Meakin
Dog owners need to take heartworm disease seriously in Clermont county this summer.
The disease is becoming increasingly widespread, and threatens any dogs which go outside.
The worm that causes the devastating disease is carried from dog to dog by mosquitos. Mild winters give us more mosquitos and therefore greater likelihood of your dog getting bitten by a heartworm infected mosquito.
The heartworm life-cycle enables, your dog to become infected without ever seeing another dog.
Fortunately there is an alternative to getting heartworm disease ,and that is daily or monthly heartworm preventative. However, your veterinarian must first heartworm blood test your dog before placing them on heartworm prevention.
If your dog does carry the heartworm parasite, the treatment is expensive and endangers your best friend’s life.
Heartworm infections are common in dogs not on preventative in Clermont county. For instance, this past week All Creatures Animal Hospital has diagnosed three cases of heartworm disease. For the proportionally small amount of money you put into prevention (about $2-5/month based on body weight), you can help assure your dog will be protected from the fatal parasite this summer.
If your pet has not been tested for Heartworm disease in the past nine months and is currently off heartworm prevention, All Creatures Animal Hospital will screen your pet for no charge during the month of April. Call for an Appointment.
Dr. Dan Meakin is the owner of All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike in Amelia. Call (513) 797-PETS.