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National Heartworm Awareness Month


April is considered National Heartworm Awareness Month, but not every pet parent is aware of heartworms. So let's put more emphasis on heartworms and it's effects. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month How Much Do
You Know About Heartworms?
  • Heartworms have knocked out more than one
    million dogs with the disease across the world
    and still continue to be a threat in all major
    and minor countries. It is a major health concern
    for the canine and feline owners as this disease
    can prove to be life-threatening and may go
    unnoticed for years. Owing to how quickly this
    menace is sprawling over the country, it is
    important to stay vigilant and take precautionary
    measures well in advance.
  • As there is a surge in the number of cases of
    heartworms in pets all over Australia, it is
    important for parents to remain aware of this
    disease. April is recognized as The National
    Heartworm Awareness Month in order to raise
    awareness regarding this fatal disease.

National Heartworm Awareness Month 2019
How are Heartworms Transmitted to Dogs?
  • Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes that are
    infected with the larvae of Dirofilaria
    immitisknown as microfilariae.
  • These microfilariae are then transmitted to the
    dogs when the infected mosquito bites and sucks
    blood from the animal.
  • Once inside the bloodstream, these larval forms
    move to different organs of the body and
    especially, to the heart and lungs.
  • They then attach to the walls of these organs and
    at times coagulate in masses to derive nutrition.
  • This causes blockage of the arteries and valves
    which hampers the blood flow to the organs
    leading to issues like respiratory diseases and
    other health ailments.
  • But the risky part is the disease is
    unpredictable and can lead to sudden heart

How is Heartworm Disease Treated in Dogs?
  • Heartworm disease is a debilitating ailment and
    requires intensive care. If the dog has
    contracted the disease already, it would require
    a series of injections to kill all the
    microfilariae in the blood.
  • However, heartworm treatments can have serious
    repercussions on the dogs health hence it is
    better to prevent the disease than treating it.

How to Prevent Heartworm Disease in Dogs?
  • Heartworm preventatives are one of the best ways
    to avoid the disease from happening.
  • They are specially formulated to kill the
    immature forms of the worm which disrupts their
    transformation from juvenile to adult heartworms.
  • It is necessary to use these pills in advance
    because once the worms have transformed into
    adults, the preventatives become ineffective.

  • Moreover, heartworms are transmitted by
    mosquitoes, therefore, make sure you use mosquito
    repellents and avoid places where they are found
    in great numbers to avoid the increased risk of
    transmission of the disease.
  • Heartworms are a menace for the entire canine
    family and make life worse if the dog gets
    infected with them, therefore, it is up to us to
    make sure we take proper care of our furry kid.
  • A well-balanced diet and maintenance of optimum
    weight are equally necessary to ward off diseases
    and increase immunity. So, make sure he stays in
    the pink of health and in proper hygiene always.
  • Read Heartworm Disease In Pets Signs

A piece of advice Get your dog checked for
heartworms at least every 6 months or annually.
Hope this National Heartworm Awareness Month,
more and more people will become aware of
heartworms and will start using preventatives if
they havent until now. So, be that parent and
spread awareness regarding this fatal disease and
save the lives of other pets around you.
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