Dear Readers: In the winter months, many people may thing that they don't need to give their pets heartworm pills, especially in the far northern states, where winter really settles in. This is not true! The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm prevention year-round, even in seasonal areas. Here are several reasons:
- You can never guarantee that mosquitoes are no longer a threat. Even areas with cold winters can have unseasonable warm periods.
- Mary heartworm preventatives also treat for intestinal parasites, like hookworms, roundworms and whipworms, so monthly treatment is good to prevent other problems, too.
- Many companies guarantee their product. If your dog becomes heartworm positive while on their product, they will pay for treatment. But you must be able to prove that they were on it consistently.
The benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Heartworms can be anywhere from 4-12 inches and are deadly. Heartworm prevention is much less expensive that the treatment, much safe and much easier for your beloved dog!