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Why Heartworm Prevention For Dogs Is Very Important

Updated on May 9, 2012

Prevent Your Dogs From Getting Heartworm And Other Parasites

Heartworm prevention for dogs is the most important as this disease is hard to treat once diagnosed, it also costs much less to prevent then it is to treat a dog with worms. This condition can be very serious and fatal for your pet so it is a good idea to talk to your vet about what can be done to prevent heart worms.

Dogs get heartworm from mosquito's and it takes approximately 3 months for the worms to mature causing a lot of problems to the heart and lungs. You should also get your dog tested or screened for parasites at least once a year as part of your prevention plan. The most common symptoms that your pet has heartworms is a reluctance to play or exercise, anorexia, rapid breathing, cough or weight loss.

The 3 most common preventative medications that are commonly used is a topical cream which can be applied on the dog's skin near the shoulder blades, an injection twice a year or a chewable pill to be taken once a month. All these medications work in the same way to kill any larvae in your dog.

If your pet has trouble swallowing the pill you can hide it in food such as cheese or a piece of meat. Most dogs love the taste of the chewable tablets but they are not for every dog as it may cause allergic reactions. Topical medications are also commonly used as it very easy to apply and they also protect your dog from tick's ,fleas and other parasites as well.


Natural Heart worm Prevention For Dogs

Your first step is to make sure that your dog has a healthy diet, this will strengthen their immune system so they can fight infections a lot better. Do not give your dog any food that has chemicals in it, instead give it fresh food like meat and vegetables.

Herbs can also be used to fight parasites, some examples are cloveflower buds, turmeric root, spearmint herb, mugwort, black walnut or wormwood. You can find pills that have these herbs in them and they also come in a form of a tincture as well. Garlic can also be added to your dog's food, but be aware that it is toxic in high doses. No more than half a teaspoon for small dogs and no more than 2 teaspoons for larger dogs should be given per day.

Mosquito's tend not to bite dogs that are healthy, so do all you can to boost your pet's immune system. Try to avoid synthetic medication as they contain many chemicals which may be harmful to your dog in the long term. Make sure your pet also gets frequent exercise which will improve their circulation and heart.Only use synthetic preventative medicine if your vet has requested it as it can weaken your dog's immune system over a long period of time. So heartworm prevention for dogs is very important as it can save you a lot of money in the long run and it can protect your dog from heartworms and other parasites.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for helping us keep our canine friends healthy!

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      brackenb 5 years ago

      Useful piece. Thank you.