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Heartworm Disease Prevention: Mosquito Season is All Year Long

Imagine your dog confined to a small crate or kennel night and day for four months or more: no longer able to jump, run or even play. Imagine costly—and painful—treatment necessary to kill the dangerous heartworms infecting your dog’s body. These could be the consequences of just one mosquito bite. And, they could have been avoided with 2 injections of heartworm preventative a year.

Anytime is Mosquito Time

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) reports that “with unpredictable weather patterns and the ability of hardy mosquitoes to survive in protected areas—as well as indoors—it’s difficult to predict when heartworms aren’t in season. And, once bitten, symptoms often don’t become apparent until a dog is seriously ill—and some dogs never exhibit symptoms before the disease is too far along to treat.” That’s why the AHS recommends year-round heartworm protection for all dogs.

Not All Dogs Take Their Medicine

You may think your dog is protected. However, a recent Harris Poll found that of the dog owners surveyed who provide a monthly oral heartworm disease preventative to their dogs, nearly one quarter (23 percent) say their dogs do not always eat the entire tablet. Of those owners, 20 percent reported finding unswallowed pills on the floor. 1

We Have a Safe and Easy Solution

Now is the best time to talk with us about a safe, easy and convenient way to protect your dog from heartworm disease with just two doses a year. We offer an injectable solution—so your best friend is protected from heartworm disease—and you’ll never have to worry about remembering to give a monthly preventative again.

Call us today to make your appointment and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your dog is protected from deadly heartworm disease all year round with just two doses a year!

 

1Zoetis Data on File. Harris Poll of 784 U.S. dog owners. February 2015.
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June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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