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