5 Simple Heartworm Prevention Tips for Heartworm Awareness Month

This post is sponsored by Vectra® 3D, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute pet photos are 100% my own.

Now that it's Heartworm Awareness Month, make it also Heartworm Prevention Month and put these 5 simple tips to use for your furry friends! #ad #Vectra3DDog

Right now, I’m really loving the warm weather, perhaps more than most!

I live for reading in the sun, with sunscreen of course, going for bike rides and ice cream – and sometimes bike rides TO ice cream, and being outdoors. Think of the ways we protect ourselves during the warmer months. We wear sunscreen on any exposed skin. There’s bug spray and tick repellant and sunglasses and visors. My kids have rashguard clothing, itch cream, and bandages. We are always thinking of warm weather safety, as much as we are thinking of warm weather. It’s just one of the ways that we live and love and play all spring and summer long. That’s why it’s important to do the same for pets.

Athena likes to be outdoors as much as we do. If Cassidy is gardening, she’s trotting alongside him, and quite often taking off into the woods. If I’m outside reading in the sun or shade, she’s exactly where I am too – the shade to my sun, or the warmth to my shade. New England is chock full of unwanted bugs and that’s why I’m choosing to honor Heartworm Awareness Month right now, and making it also – Heartworm Prevention Month. And this is something that should go on all year long. That’s why I compiled a list of 5 simple and important heartworm prevention for you to use for spring/summer.

1 – Good food. I think happiness and good health begins with diet for pets as much as humans. If your dog is consistently getting good food, that’s one big thing keeping your dog healthy, and not a breeding ground for heartworm.

2 – Schedule your annual checkup. We go once every 12 months, but if I have concerns, I make more appointments.

3 – Make sure your dog is well hydrated, even more so in the warmer months.

4 – Take your dog for regular walks. This promotes longer and healthier lives. Dawn and dusk are active times of day for many biting animals. Once they start buzzing around, we generally go inside and take Athena inside too.

5 – Use a monthly preventative. Vectra® 3D for Dogs is a fast and effective monthly topical. It kills and repels mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice, biting flies and mites* before they bite your dog. I love that it’s fast, effective, and easy to apply too!

Vectra® 3D kills fleas in four hours, and repels ticks before they can attach to dogs and take a blood meal. It repels and kills biting flies, sand flies and mites*. I haven’t seen a single insect on Athena since we started using it. It’s so easy. You use the applicator to part your dog’s fur at the base of her tail and you apply the product in a continuous line from the base of the tail along the center of her back, and up to her shoulder blades. You squeeze the applicator tube until it’s empty, but make sure you avoid superficial application to her fur. Make sure you don’t use it on cats!

Then, re-apply in one month! I keep it on my Google calendar what day of the month to use Vectra® 3D. What I love is that I’m using Vectra® 3D and also Athena’s monthly heartworm preventative so that I’m giving her a Double Defense against heartworm disease. This is the Double Defense Heartworm Protocol: Use Vectra® 3D to kill and repel mosquitoes on the outside. Then use a heartworm preventative to kill heartworm larvae on the inside. You can rest assured your dog is doubly protected.

Just a reminder that you never use Vectra® 3D on cats. Vectra® 3D is available through your veterinarian. To find it near you, visit https://www.vectrapet.com/us/Home/Tools/Find-a-Vectra-vet. Visit https://fightheartwormnow.com/double-defense-heartworm-protection/ for more heartworm info.

Do you have any heartworm prevention tips?

*excluding manage mite

Easy DIY Tug Toy For Your Dog

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Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

Athena had her annual well visit at the vet late last week.

I actually get as nervous for it, as I do for my kids. She’s my kid. She’s my world! I work at home and spend long days at home after the kids and Cassidy are at work and school. While Juniper is good company, she can’t go outside and play like Athena. Athena goes on road trips with me, weather permitting, and is solely responsible for getting me to exercise regularly for the last year or so. She always looks so excited to see me, and she is quite photogenic. Just look at this incredible cuteness:

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Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

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I was relieved that everything went well at her checkup. Des accompanied me for “moral support” and to grab a goody bag and a bag of snacks from the baskets they leave for kids. We spent some time on questions and concerns I had – about food and play. I’m going to share a few cool things here! For one, Athena’s favorite toy is a tug toy. I experimented at home and found out that you can make one using items you have around your house – like old t-shirts, a tennis ball, scissors and a ruler.

Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

This tug toy is EASY! I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been, but I tried hard! We’ve been having weird weather, and I want to get Athena outside today for some play and running, before the Great Blizzard of 2017 hits! So I gathered my supples:

1 – You will need between 1-3 old t-shirts. I chose the softest ones I could find that I don’t wear anymore. Then I gathered a tennis ball, a ruler, a marker, and the strongest scissors I could find that would cut neatly through the cloth.

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2 – Next, using the ruler, I cut out strips of t-shirt that were about 25 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. I used two t-shirts to have different colors in the eventual braid, and ultimately used about 9-10 strips of t-shirt to be woven into the toy.

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3 – Then I gathered my 9-10 multi-colored t-shirt strips together and made a STRONG knot at one end.

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4 – Then I wove all of the pieces together in a braid, and tied a strong knot on the other end.

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5 – Next, I carefully cut holes in both ends of the tennis ball to add the ball! This is optional but I loved the idea.

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*Lastly, enjoy!

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Now, let’s talk about FOOD! It’s an important one.

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We go on a weekly trip to Target, because as you probably know, it’s a wonderful place for one-stop shopping. Especially before a blizzard! Target has a wonderful variety of Purina dry dog food products available in the pet aisle.

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Purina Beyond

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No matter which food you buy at Target, the variety is amazing. We love Purina Beyond® – Superfood Blend Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Natural Dog Food. Real meat, poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in Purina Beyond, and there is no corn, wheat or soy. There is also no poultry by-product meal and no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Take advantage of great Purina savings at Target using the Cartwheel app!

20% off Dog Chow (all sizes) – 3/5 – 3/11

20% off Beyond Dry (all sizes) – 3/12 – 3/18

20% off ONE dry (all sizes) – 3/19 – 3/25

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For more info about Purina dry dog food:

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