Are you a pet owner? Hiring a Ballwin Mosquito Control Company can provide a variety of services to our customers’, including their pets. Since mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world, shoe them away with no regret. The diseases they spread can be dangerous to humans and animals.
Not all mosquito-borne illnesses and diseases can be easily prevented, but heartworm can be. Mosquitoes carry larvae that become heartworms that can be given to cats and dogs by getting bit.
What Is Heartworm?
Heartworm disease, also known as, dirofilariasis, is caused by foot-long worms that can live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. It can be fatal if it is left untreated or not caught early enough. Some diagnosed cases leave pets with long term negative effects. Heart failure is one of those, lung and artery damage can occur as well.
Dogs are natural heartworm hosts while it is atypical for cats to be hosts. However, both pets are at risk if the number of worms increase and the disease goes untreated. Cats have a higher likelihood of heartworm going undiagnosed.
Symptoms of Heartworm
Pets with heartworm can be asymptomatic in the beginning stages. When signs start to develop in dogs, they may consist of the following: coughing, decreased appetite, weight loss, fatigue. With cats, signs can be fainting, seizures, coughing or vomiting. Pets can experience a swollen stomach due to it being filled with excess fluid.
Prevention and Treatment
While The American Heartworm Society recommends giving your pet a heartworm preventative 12 months of the year, it is recommended to test them once a year as well. Licensed veterinarians can prescribe preventative heartworm medication so it is important to follow their advice. There is another great step to prevention as well: hiring Ballwin Mosquito Control Company such as Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis.
Mosquito Squad is the best mosquito control company and can help prevent your yard from being a mosquito habitat. This minimizes the risk of your family and your pets being bit by these pests.
Mosquito bite prevention is a key way to lower the risk for mosquito-borne disease. Choose the best Ballwin Mosquito Control Company to enhance your heartworm prevention measures all season with advanced technologies of mosquito barrier treatment for humans and pets.
Call today (636) 735-7132 for a free mosquito control quote for your property.