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3 Keys to Preventing Heartworm

Posted June 11, 2014

Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease  transferred between animals by everyone’s least favourite insect: The mosquito. It’s a scary fact, but whenever your dog or cat comes into contact with mosquitoes, they run the risk of being infected. This makes prevention essential in the fight against heartworms, particularly during the summer months when many pets increase their time spent outside. At NHV, we love your pet naturally, and that’s why today we’re looking at the three best ways to protect your pet from contracting Heartworms.

1) Listen to Your Vet!
Your first line of defense should always be a serious chat with your Veterinarian. For most pet owners, this discussion begins when your animal is quite young- between 6 and 8 weeks old . Veterinarians may prescribe daily or monthly oral medications, monthly topical medications, or in canines, a 6 month vaccination. Utilizing this type of prevention schedule is the single best method to protect your dog or cat from being infected by Heartworms.

2) Rid Your Yard!
Mosquitoes are widely known to carry a variety of diseases, including West Nile Virus which can be contracted by humans. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne infections is to rid your yard of risk areas where mosquitoes like to live and breed. Keep your grass trim and remove any standing water- whether from a child’s play pool or a simple bird bath- to make sure mosquitoes can’t set up camp in your backyard.

3) Increase Immunity!
If your pet’s immune system is strong, they’ll be far less likely to fall prey to a number of different health problems. Feeding your pet a diet of nutritious food and providing them with natural health supplements are both excellent ways to increase your cat or dog’s immunity. At NHV we offer a number of natural pet products designed to your boost your animal’s cardiovascular and immune systems:

Hearty Heart
This gentle yet powerful product promotes heart health by assisting the flow of blood to the heart, also boosting energy levels and promoting overall health.

Inulin PK
Inulin PK is a gentle, natural, parasite cleanser which also helps repair the damage done by internal parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and threadworms.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is an incredible natural pet remedy capable of removing toxins from your dog or cat’s body. By detoxifying the liver, Milk Thistle is able to help improve liver function and support regeneration of the liver after illness or disease. Milk Thistle can also help with kidney health.

Perhaps the saddest part of a Heartworms diagnosis is the fact that this devastating disease is entirely preventable. Take the time to ask your Veterinarian about your pet’s prevention options, or reach out to our knowledgeable team at NHV Pet Products. We can recommend a variety of preventative and supportive natural pet products to keep your cat or dog healthy and happy this summer.

How have you chosen to prevent Heartworms in your cat or dog? Have you ever had a pet who contracted Heartworms?

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