Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

January 16, 2022
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Heartworm can be an insidious disease – one that is serious and potentially fatal.  Your dog can appear 100% healthy without showing any overt signs while the parasites are quietly making themselves right at home.  Once the symptoms occur, the disease has already affected your dog’s heart and lungs.  Unless your dog lives in a vacuum, dogs who are not given heartworm treatments are at huge risk.  

Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and in likelihood, without arms to slap them away, dogs are bitten much more frequently than humans.  Once a mosquito bites a dog with heartworm, it ingests blood with baby worms.  The mosquito then moves on and bites another dog and heartworm is spreading – quickly and quietly.

At times heartworm wanders to the brain or eyes and can cause seizures or blindness.  Animatch believes that this is the case for Gulliver (photo above).  Sadly, the blindness is irreversible.  Gulliver is an example of what heartworm can do to a dog.  He is presently battling a severe case.  With meds and rest we are hoping that he recovers.  

The good news about heartworm is that prevention is simple.  It is not contagious; Gulliver cannot infect another dog.  The mosquito does the spreading.  First, get your dog tested and then you can choose from a wide variety of heartworm prevention medication.  

Be responsible.  Preventing heartworm is a human’s responsibility to his or her dog.  You bring a dog into your life; you have made a commitment to keep him or her safe.  Please educate yourself.