Gunther is visiting his friends at one of our wonderful Vet Partners, Heritage Animal Hospital. Today’s visit, sadly, is not a friendly one, sweet Gunther is here for his first Heartworm Treatment.
We are grateful to our supporters, donors and a grant from Maddie’s Fund that helps PawsforLifeNC with the cost of Heartworm treatment. We know he is in wonderfully capable and loving hands, but he should not have to go through this!
Gunther, like so many former shelter dogs in North Carolina, came to us Heartworm Positive!
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” this could not be truer in this case.
Gunther’s previous “owner” did not provide a simple monthly chewable that would have protected this little guy from a deadly infection.
Yes, DEADLY! Left untreated this disease leads to a slow and painful death.
Let’s talk facts:
*North Carolina is in the TOP 10 states for Heartworm INFECTION.
* Heartworm is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
* Heartworm is preventable through a monthly chewable or a semi-annual injection.
* There is NO treatment for Heartworm in cats, harder to diagnose, but deadly if contracted.
* Your Dog, Cat or Ferret can contract Heartworm YEAR ROUND, it only takes one infected mosquito bite to transmit the disease.
* HW cannot be transmitted from pet to pet, only through a bite from the infected mosquito.
* A study done at NC State University concluded 24% of infected CATS were INDOOR CATS
* Prevention is far more EFFECTIVE and less costly than treatment. And FAR LESS PAINFUL for your pet.
If your beloved family pet has not been tested or is not on a Heartworm preventative, do it now! It is recommended they be tested each year, even while on preventative, to be certain of continued protection.
Schedule a visit with your trusted Vet and get your fur kids protected today!
If you would like more information on Heartworm Disease, Protection, Facts and Treatment you can certainly speak to your Veterinarian or check out the links below.
The American Heartworm Society and Dr’s. Fosters and Smith provided research for this article.