Springtime is my favorite time of year, perfect for outdoor activities with my family- which of course includes my pets!

Warmer temperatures, however, bring back many unwelcome pests in larger numbers. In this blog, I want to specifically talk about mosquitoes, dangerous enemies to your pets because they are capable of spreading heartworm disease. This disease is one of the most serious diseases we see and treat.

The good news is that heartworm disease is one of the most preventable diseases in pets. Tampa Veterinary Hospital wants to do everything possible to ensure your pet is protected- so we are offering a special heartworm prevention promotion through the end of June to protect your pets from deadly heartworm disease. We are so concerned about heartworm disease, we are extending our promotion of heartworm awareness month through June!

For you wonderful pet owners who purchase oral heartworm prevention medication- then forget to give it- don’t be embarrassed. Close to 60% of pet owners forget to give it, even though they purchased it. Here are some tips: I put a note on my calendar on the first day of the month. Whether you use a wall calendar, a day planner or your smartphone- it’s an easy way to remind yourself. Try to do it on the same day of the month, each month. There’s also an app for that! Merial, the drug company, has a smartphone app to remind you. Whatever works for you!

At Tampa Veterinary Hospital, we also offer ProHeart 6, heartworm prevention that lasts for 6 full months! Ask us if your pet meets the criteria for this new prevention. If so, your pet may qualify for a free heartworm test- a $45.00 value1

It only takes one bite from one infected mosquito to cause heartworm disease- so your pet is still at risk during the cooler winter months here in Tampa. For more detailed information on heartworm disease, how it is spread and the consequences of not protecting your pet, visit www.heartwormsociety.org.

Please note, ProHeart 6 is only available for dogs. To receive the free heartworm test, you must agree to the purchase of the ProHeart 6 injection, and the test result must be negative. Only your vet can tell you if your pet is a good candidate for this innovative six month heartworm prevention. The free heartworm test is a $45.00 value and this offer is valid through June 30, 2013.