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Hanford Veterinary Hospital Blog

The Ugly Truth About Heartworm Disease

Dog eating heartworm preventive chewable.

The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends monthly heartworm preventive medication for your dog because we want your pets to live long, happy lives. Keep reading to see how heartworm can affect your pets and why a preventive is so essential:

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How to Check Your Dog For Ticks

If you have pets, chances are you know something about ticks. These parasites are everywhere, and unfortunately they can survive in almost any weather (especially when they overwinter in your garage, house, or shed). What’s more, they carry diseases that can be serious and even deadly for your pet, and some of these diseases are transmissible to you, too.

Ticks Are Everywhere

Ticks generally like moist, damp and shady places in which to breed. This could mean a pile of mulch in your yard, or a grassy hillside. To reduce tick habitat in your yard:

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