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Why do I need to give heartworm prevention in winter?

By Dr. InoueMarch 12th, 2012

Many people know that heartworm prevention is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health.  For residents of Indiana, however, few realize the necessity of giving their pet heartworm prevention every month throughout the year.

The reason is one that every Hoosier should be familiar with: Indiana has sporadic weather patterns. While we do get snow and frost in the winter, we also have some occasional warm winter days.

These warm days provide opportunities for gastrointestinal parasites (such as roundworms and hookworms) to infest our pets. Warm days may also allow for young, pupated mosquitoes to hatch and spread heartworm larvae to our pets.

All of this is preventable. By giving your pets the monthly tablet or chewable, you can keep their hearts free from heartworms.

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