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

7 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Winter

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

Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your pal. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Even though we live in New England with long and cold winters, we still protect Athena from fleas and ticks year-round.

She’s an outdoors girl! She came to us from Alabama and I’ll never forget the first time it snowed. She put one dainty paw in the cold white snow and gave us a look that said, “No WAY I’m going out there!” Although it was humorous, we were happy she found her “snow legs.” Even though the weather can change and be unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold at any given time, New England has long winters. We have cold Autumns too. And just like with the warmer seasons, we follow tips to protect Athena all winter long. Here are 7 ways you can protect your dog this winter to make the best of the cold!

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1 – We use Vectra® 3D For Dogs year round. The thing is, it’s ALWAYS possible for fleas, ticks and other dangerous parasites – like mosquitoes – to infect your dog anywhere in the country. And it only takes one bite to potentially spread disease. That’s why we love how Vectra® 3D For Dogs is a fast and effective monthly topical that kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, biting flies and mites* before they bite your dog. Why will you love it? It kills through contact, which means parasites don’t have to bite your dog to die. AND, it begins reducing flea feeding in 5 minutes, and kills fleas in 6 hours.

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Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease to dogs and Vectra® 3D For Dogs prevents mosquitoes from feeding, and in turn, helps stop the spread of heartworm disease. It remains effective after bathing or swimming and protects for one month. Vectra® 3D also has a patented application that makes it super easy to use. The applicator is easy to use with no drips, no mess, and no need for scissors. And the long, rounded tip helps you easily and comfortably apply product directly to your dog’s skin under the fur. For detailed application instructions, you can visit vectrapet.com/us/Home/How-To-Apply.

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Do not use Vectra® 3D on cats!

We use Vectra® 3D and a monthly heartworm preventative to give Athena a Double Defense against heartworm disease. Our protocol is using Vectra® 3D to kill and repel mosquitoes on the outside of Athena and a heartworm preventative to kill heartworm larvae on the inside of her. We use Heartgard®. I feel doubly protected because Vectra® is a fast-acting, long-lasting, broad-spectrum parasite control, as well as a topical mosquito, flea and tick protection for dogs. Its patented applicator makes it easy to apply to Athena. It’s Double-Defense – killing and repelling mosquitoes outside with Vectra® 3D and killing larvae inside with a heartworm preventive. Double Defense is a one-two punch against heartworm disease.

Vectra® 3D is available through your local veterinarian. To find it near you, visit VectraPet.com/us/Home/Tools/Find-a-Vectra-vet.

For more information on Double Defense, visit fightheartwormnow.com/double-defense-heartworm-protection.

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Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your dog. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Here are six other ways to protect your dog in the winter:

2 – If you give your pet water outside, swap the metal bowls with ceramic or plastic ones. And make sure you monitor their water freezing. You can also buy heated water bowls for many pets if this is a concern where you live.

3 – Just like you don’t leave your dog in a hot car in the summer, don’t leave your dog alone in a freezing car in winter.

4 – Watch our for antifreeze – which is fatal for dogs.

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5 – Make sure you keep your dog on a leash around frozen ponds, lakes, or rivers. They can fall through ice!

6 – Many dogs, especially active ones, need extra food in the winter. Make sure they’re getting enough food, but not too much!

7 – Groom your dog to keep him or her properly insulated.

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Do you have any winter safety tips for dogs?

• *Excluding mange mites