It is that time of year again; the transition from winter into spring brings all types of nature back to life. Mosquitoes are here, and these little insects are the way heartworm disease is spread. Even dogs that spend a minimal amount of time outside are at risk for this potentially fatal disease. It is the optimal time of the year to test your family dog for heartworms. McPherson Veterinary Clinic along with the American Heartworm Society recommends year round heartworm prevention with annual testing. This is based on the complexity of the life cycle of the heartworms, testing accuracy, and current prevention medication available. Our clinic has diagnosed heartworm disease in a large number of dogs this past year. At McPherson Veterinary Clinic, we provide the highest standard of care with our heartworm prevention medication. In addition to heartworm prevention, our medication removes intestinal parasites, and prevents fleas. Based on our clinic data, we believe in our parasite prevention program, and will continue to strive to further educate our great clients and prevent their pets from being infected with heartworms. McPherson County has mosquitoes carrying heartworm parasites, and too many dogs are diagnosed with this potentially fatal disease that is preventable. We would encourage anybody who has questions about heartworm disease to call our clinic for further consultation.