If you are a dog owner like me you need to be aware of a dangerous situation that for some reason is not being broadcast all over the media. The rare western tree hole mosquito can bite dogs and can cause heartworm, a dangerous disease which can lead to death. Normally it is very rare to find these mosquitoes and only a few are found every year (only 30 were found in the last 17 years). Recently, however, over 300 of them have been found in the San Gabriel Valley and they seem to be migrating to other places across the state, like Ventura County.
Fortunately there is an easy solution to this problem that will protect your dog: put your dog on heartworm medication. It is a simple chewable pill your dog eats once a month, but you have to have a veterinary exam first to make sure your dog does not currently have heartworm…well worth it to protect our fur babies.