Heartworm Prevention in Dogs

Stella and Brian Hiking

Maybe You've Been Thinking About It… Now Is The Time To Do It.


I know, no one wants to talk about Heartworm Prevention. The disease can be deadly and the treatment is long and unpleasant, not to mention expensive.
I worry about Stelly because her hair is short. She has a lot of bare skin exposed to mosquitos.  To be honest, that may not even make a difference – as it just takes one mosquito bite to contract heartworms to a dog.

It Only Takes One Mosquito

People in climates like Arizona think that because we don't have much rain that heartworm isn't really an issue. The truth is mosquitos can breed in a bottle cap of water. – As long as people are watering their landscaping – the risk for mosquitos, and sadly heartworms, are real.

What Are The Best Ways To Prevent Heartworm?

There are several ways to approach Heartworm prevention.  Many dogs take a monthly preventative, which is usually in the form of a chewable tablet. This kills Heartworm larvae on the inside. That's awesome, but I'd rather Stella not have larvae inside her to start with (eww). That's why we also use Vectra® 3D for Dogs.  We use the Double Defense Protocol, by combining the use of Heartgard and Vectra® 3D to ensure Stelly is protected inside and out. (Please note that Vectra® 3D should not be used on cats)

What Does Vectra® 3D Do Differently

Vectra® 3D is a topical, fast-acting, long-lasting, broad-spectrum parasite control – which means that it takes care of more than just heartworm.  Yep, that's right Vectra® 3D kills and repels mosquitos, fleas, ticks, lice, biting flies, and mites! (excluding mange mites)

We like to hike and ticks seem to be everywhere. It's a big relief to know with Vectra® 3D Stelly is protected from ticks and those nasty diseases they carry, like Canine Lyme Disease.

What could be better than that – Vectra® 3D kills and repels these parasites before they have a chance to bite Stella. That's so awesome.

Next Steps For Protecting Your Dog

You'll want to get your pup to the vet to perform a heartworm test (a simple blood test) and get a recommendation from your veterinarian as to which are the best prevention options for your dog.  Vectra® 3D for Dogs is available through your veterinarian.

Why I Worry About Heartworms

Sometimes I'm worried about something and I'm just not sure how to move forward.  When this happens, I often don't make a decision or take action.  It weighs on my mind, and I know that I would never forgive myself if Stella ended up contracting Heartworm.  I have a super guilty conscience, and I feel responsible for everything that happens to Stella, so I really wanted a solid plan to make sure she was protected from Heartworm.  Vectra® 3D for Dogs was provided to me to review – I'm grateful because it really does take care of everything I was looking for.

Here's What The Experts Are Saying

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Coming Next Issue:  What About Pet Insurance?  Do you have it, Do you need it?  Stella has pet insurance and we'll share why.

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