Springtime in the Gallatin Valley is a treat for people who love being outdoors with their pets. It’s important to remember, however, that there are certain risks to your dog’s health during this season. Your dog’s chance of contracting heartworm disease increases during the warmer months in Montana. We recommend giving heartworm prevention during the warmest months of the year (April through September). Because heartworm disease is common in many parts of the country, we also recommend putting your dog on heartworm prevention if he or she travels with you outside of Montana. To start your dog on heartworm prevention, make an appointment at the clinic for a heartworm test. The test requires just a drop of blood and takes about fifteen minutes to run. For more information on heartworm disease, visit the American Heartworm Society’s website at http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm.html.