Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tucker Starts Heartworm Treatment
Here in Houston, preventive heartworm treatment is a year-round necessity. Anyone who skips preventive treatment is putting their dog at stake. I know that many dog blogs offer conflicting opinions about treatment and preventive protocols for heartworm, and I hate it when people say, "Oh, we give the heartworm preventive in the warm months but not in the winter." I get mosquito bites all year round, and so do dogs. And heartworms are transmitted only by mosquitoes. Dog bloggers who advise people to use farm animal products or to skip using Heartgaurd or similar products because it is a "Big Pharma scam" should come walk our corridors at the Shelter. About 40 percent of our incoming animals come in with heartworm. And many times, the heartworm is so advanced that the animals are already severely ill. In our area, the main reasons people don't give preventive tablets are financial--or they assume that if their dog appears healthy, it doesn't have heartworms.
I'm not looking forward to the next two weeks of extremely limited exertion for Tucker. But he'll be a healthier dog at the end it.