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No matter how cold it may get in the winter here in Polk County, mosquitoes never go away. Heartworm disease is spread by infected mosquitoes. It is important to note that not all mosquitoes can spread heartworm disease, but if a mosquito takes blood from an infected animal, it can then spread heartworm disease to the next animal it bites (including your pet). That's why we recommend keeping your pet on heartworm prevention products all year.
Heartworm disease is easily preventable and Highland Pet Hospital offers a variety of prevention products which can protect your pet against heartworm disease year round with an easy to give monthly chew- or even with an injectable prevention product which lasts for a full 6 months. Ask your veterinarian which may be best for your pet.
This disease is expensive to treat when compared to the relatively low cost to prevent.
To learn more about how heartworm disease is spread, watch this video which does a great job explaining it.