Monday, April 4, 2011

Pet Care in Tropical Climates

We plan on moving with our three beautiful huskies to Belize when we retire. While they are use to the hot humid weather in Mississippi, we will be more concerned making sure they do not develop heartworms in Belize.

Hot tropical climates have lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry heartworms from dog to dog or cat to cat.  Tiny offspring of the heartworm live in an animal's blood.  This is how the mosquito passes the heartworm from one pet to the next.  Pets, especially dogs are very likely to develop heartworm disease if they are not regularly given medication to prevent the disease. 

Heartworms is a serious problem for dogs. If left untreated, heartworms will kill a dog that is infected by causing heart failure or clots in the lungs.

Even the healthiest pets can suffer from heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn if they are overexposed to the hot tropical heat.  Give your pets plenty of water when spending extended periods of time outdoors.  Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun and be careful not to over-exercise them.  You may even need to keep them indoors on extra hot days.


  1. i could never figure out why you had so many trips to Balieze - my husband wants to retire there too. can I send him with you
    elizabeth jackson

  2. Well of course he can come along. I have several other friends that want to come too.

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