Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Did you know over 250,000 dogs are diagnosed with heartworm disease every year. Heartworms can result in chronic cough, heart failure, liver failure, and death. This severe disease can easily be prevented by keeping your pet on heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, only about 33% of pet owners, nationwide, remember to give heartworm prevention every month. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to give your dog heartworm prevention. Follow these simple steps to help keep you from missing a dose.

1. Set up a PetPortal. This mini-website will help you manage your pet’s medical information and you can program it to send you a reminder when the next dose of heartworm prevention is due.
2. Purchase 12 months of heartworm prevention at a time. It may be more costly upfront, but your price is significantly less per dose if you buy a 12 month supply. Also, if you have the medicine on hand, you are more likely to remember to give it.
3. Label your doses with the day and month it should be given. This will prevent you from wondering if you gave it that month and reduce the likelihood of double-dosing.

We hope these suggestions will help you to provide the optimum care for your pet and avoid putting him/her at risk of contracting heartworm disease.

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