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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