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Protect pets from mosquitoes, prevent heartworm disease

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Eliminating mosquitoes around your house in addition to using approved medications can ensure your pet remains a healthy companion.

To lessen your pets’ exposure to mosquitoes do the following:

• Get rid of water-holding containers (old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums and bottles) that have accumulated in your yard. Mosquitoes breed in standing water and will multiply wherever it’s available.

• Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

• Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of weeds  and trash so water drains properly.

• Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once weekly.

• Repair leaky pipes and dripping outside faucets.

• Ensure door and window screens fit tightly, and repair any holes.

• Maintain short grass and well-trimmed shrubbery around the house, so adult mosquitoes will no hide in these places.

“Heartworm preventatives are a proactive approach to keeping your dog’s health and wellness at its best,” said John D’Ariano, president of National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. 

“Before administering any type of preventative medication, it’s important to always consult your veterinarian to determine what is best for your pet.”

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