As the weather warms and the landscape becomes green, we are drawn to the outdoors, our four-legged companions eagerly in tow. As our dogs bound through the newly defrosted woods however, they become susceptible to the perils of the microscopic. Potentially fatal diseases lurk within the mosquitoes and ticks seeking to harvest your pet’s blood.
With the spring finally upon us, it is important to review the ways in which we can safely and effectively protect our pets against heartworm disease, tick-borne disease, and flea infestation. It is critical to note that although biting arthropods are more prevalent in the warmer months, these disease organisms remain a threat year-round. In this first part of our series, we will discuss heartworm disease.