Mosquito season unpredictable; year-round heartworm prevention is best

Although it may not feel like spring yet, it's time to start thinking about protecting your from spring pests, particularly mosquitoes, according to a veterinarian.

Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor of the university's Veterinary Health Center, says mosquitoes carry heartworm, a blood parasite that can be deadly when spread to . Almost 100 percent of exposed to heartworm will develop the disease. While that number is not as high for cats, it is often more fatal for felines.

“Cats are sometimes a little less obvious with their ,” Nelson said. “It can be just a little weight loss or lethargy, but we can also see asthma-type signs in cats. They can have trouble breathing, develop a cough, chronic gagging and vomiting.”

It only takes one or two worms to cause significant harm to a cat and unlike dogs, there is no treatment for heartworm once cats are infected. That's why it is important to use .

“We really want to preach for our pets because it's so much easier and so much cheaper for them, especially since treatment is hard on them,” Nelson said.

Nelson also stresses that prevention is key to protecting your pet because just like the weather, season is .

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    • Millie Muffintop
    • March 27, 2014

    When Cesar knocked at the door it made me laugh. If my dog hears something
    he thinks is a knock (like a cabinet door in the kitchen being shut loudly)
    or even a doorbell on TV, he does this muffled “Bruff” thing. But
    thankfully he stops once we acknowledge that we heard it…he just wants to
    alert us that someone is at the door…even if they aren’t really!

    • comforteagle14
    • March 27, 2014

    No mention of meter readers? We run into dogs about 100 times more often
    than any delivery people.

    • Kenneth Zubiri
    • March 27, 2014

    So 1st couple had no idea about dogs before getting 2. Genius.

    • TheJesusNacho
    • March 27, 2014

    R.I.P Daddy :(

    • zoopervids
    • March 26, 2014

    most of them time, cesar works with women than men… lol 

    • krdelo. si
    • March 26, 2014

    I wish all people in US would accept the simple fact: dogs need exercises.
    Period. I’m from Europe. Here we take dogs for a walk 3 times per day
    (morning, middle of the day, evening). It’s normal mentality. If you are
    not prepared for daily walks you just don’t have a dog! Dog = daily walks.
    Minimum 2 hours a day. Walks in any weather, even if you are sick. That’s
    actually a beauty of dogs, they “force” you to go get fresh air. If all
    people in US would embrace these facts, there would be less problematic
    dogs. Tired dog = good dog. Dogs are not furry toys to just pet them on the
    couch when watching TV. I feel pity for these poor trapped animals whose
    existence is minimised only to house and garden. No wonder they get
    stressed and neurotic. How would you feel being grounded to the house day
    after day after day? It’s a prison!!!

    • Todd Meyer
    • March 26, 2014

    I’ve seen my dog watch the mailman…and no joke right when he drops that
    letter in the mailbox she goes wacko

    • PoloBoyPrince
    • March 26, 2014

    this guy was obviously a dog in his past life

    • Shannon H
    • March 26, 2014

    I have never understood “petting” a dog when they are doing something bad,
    or growling. It’s the same as giving candy to a child throwing a tantrum
    and hugs/kisses. Weird… and the owner saying “wee little brain” He has
    the wee little brain- petting a dog while they are growling over food..and
    giving it to him while he is growling.

    • Tom Smith
    • March 26, 2014

    I’m a carrier who was bitten by a pitbull mix dog and had to have a plastic
    surgeon fix my arm.The owners are the real problem.Owners think that since
    the dog is nice to them he won’t hurt anybody else.If a dog comes at me,
    trust me that dog will get a good boot in the chops.I’ve had owners
    threaten me because I defended myself.I could kick their kids and they
    would yell at their kids,kick their dogs and it’a a whole different
    story.Keep your dogs away from the mailman.

    • Danielle O'connor
    • March 26, 2014

    Well I found my solution to the same problem they first family had. 

    • Kara N.
    • March 26, 2014

    26:59 is just a cute old man, and the dog is a little to much to handle for
    him. maybe they can try a treadmill to drain some of the dogs energy

    • ChicagoNewsReport
    • March 26, 2014

    The post office should have a one strike rule: If your dog bites a mail
    carrier, you have to pick up your mail at the office. 

    • GodTeirGodess
    • March 26, 2014

    My dog doesn’t give a shit if you grab his food while he eats it he just
    walks back to it.

    • ChicagoNewsReport
    • March 26, 2014

    26:59 is the perfect example of a dumb, irresponsible dog owner. People
    like that shouldn’t be allowed to own pets. 

    • thalonelygirl
    • March 26, 2014

    OMG now I want a Pomeranian!

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