Northeast Animal Hospital
727.822.8501
1401 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Did you know there was a link between mosquitoes and heartworms? The mosquito is the only known source for transmitting heartworms. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to pass on to our pets these deadly heartworms. We have no shortage of mosquitoes in Florida –especially with the rising spring temperatures! Prevention is far more effective, less costly, and less painful for the pet than treatment. Come in for a Wellness Exam and blood-work with heartworm test and get a FREE dose of heartworm prevention while supplies last!

If you have any questions about heartworm disease or about how to best protect your furry family members, our friendly and helpful staff would be more than happy to assist you. Please give us a call!

Here are some statistics worth knowing about heartworms in dogs:

  • An unprotected dog has a 50% chance of being infected.
  • Virtually 100% of dogs exposed to infective heartworm larvae become infected; in cats, this number ranges from to 61% to 90%.
  • The American Heartworm Society estimates that only 55% of dogs in the U.S. are currently on a heartworm preventive.
  • By the time a dog shows physical signs of heartworms the disease can be quite advanced.

Here are some interesting facts about heartworms in cats:

  • A study performed at North Carolina State University indicated that 25% of cats infected with heartworms were solely indoor cats.
  • Outdoor cats are twice as likely as indoor cats to become infected.
  • There is no test or treatment available for cats.

Heartworms affect cats differently than dogs, but the disease they cause is equally as serious.