Heartworm Disease Prevention Protects Pets, Wallets

Rise in mosquito population causes new warning.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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An increased mosquito population could put even indoor cats at risk for heartworm disease.
Prevention is key to protecting pets from parasites, and while the U.S. economy struggles and pet owners look for ways to save money, stopping year-round heartworm prevention medication might end up costing more in the long run, according to the American Heartworm Society.

The Heartworm Society strongly urges pet owners to not cut back on preventatives because failing to protect animals, even indoor cats and dogs, could cause harm and might end up increasing the financial burden if heartworm disease treatment is needed. The recent warning was issued as this year’s increase in precipitation, widespread flooding across the country and surge of hurricanes has increased the mosquito population. 

An increased mosquito population creates a greater potential for heartworm disease. The disease primarily affects dogs, but infection may also occur in outdoor and indoor cats. According to the Heartworm Society, diagnosis in cats is on the rise.

“It’s tempting to cut preventative heartworm care for pets, but the cost of prevention is still relatively low compared to the cost of treatment if heartworm disease is diagnosed. Both dogs and cats may needlessly suffer and possibly die from this completely preventable disease. The risk from the increased mosquito population makes the need for prevention even greater this year,” said Dr. Sheldon Rubin, Heartworm Society president and Chicago-area practitioner.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

12/10/2008 5:30:12 AM

Good advice

momo    anaheim, CA

12/5/2008 10:06:47 PM

good advise

Danielle    Bartlesville, OK

12/5/2008 8:42:25 PM

Great, mosquitos

Desi    Private, NE

12/5/2008 7:32:49 PM

I personally hate mosquitoes and I believe that they really have no useful purpose on earth except for making money for Mosquito Block Companies. All my cats are indoors, and I still treat them with the prevention stuff.

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