"We don't sell anything for heartworm. We could special order it for you, though."
What?! Heartworm preventative is one of those things, y'know? Everyone who's a good pet owner keeps up on preventative, right? It's almost as basic as food and water. It doesn't make sense that a vet won't sell it.
Except here it does, it turns out. There is no heartworm. Google "heartworm map" and this is what you get:
I live in a white zone. I didn't even know there were white zones. Anywhere. It never occurred to me to look or ask. It's freakin' heartworm.
I'm still having trouble wrapping my brain around it.
Oh, and I will be special ordering some. We travel to some of those pink and orange areas often enough. All it takes is one mosquito bite.