The parasites that prey on our pets do not adhere to stay-at-home directives. In fact, they consider warm weather as an invitation to treat animals like an all-you-can-eat buffet. This is particularly true of heartworm, deadly parasites carried by mosquitos that live in a dog or cat’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.
If your dog contracts heartworms, there is a treatment regimen, but it’s harsh and expensive. Currently, there is no cure for cats.
At Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, we’ve seen the devastating impacts of heartworm up-close. We encourage you to keep your pet on a heartworm preventative medication all year round.