The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
At American Pet Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. But pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.
The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be expensive and stressful on your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.
Las Vegas, NV was ranked #1 of the top 10 cities for an increase in the number of heartworm disease cases being detected. Mosquitoes transmit the parasite that causes heartworm disease. Areas with warmer climates and stable bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers or containers of water around homes, experience a higher number of mosquitoes that can transmit the parasite.
Pets in Las Vegas may have been exposed locally or travel-related exposure may have been a contributor to these notable increases.