Is Heartworm Prevention Important?
Yes! Heartworm is the most dangerous of all the worms as it can be fatal.
Mosquitoes spread heartworm and wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm. When the mosquito feeds on your pet's blood, larvae enter the blood stream. These larvae mature into worms that can reach up to an astounding 30 cm in length!
The worms eventually become lodged in your pet's heart leading to heart failure and sometimes death. Dogs are more commonly affected by heartworm disease but cats may also be at risk.
Treatment of heartworm is difficult and dangerous and prevention is better than the cure. Getting your pet started on the right heartworm medication can be confusing, especially with so many choices on the market. To make things more confusing, most of the intestinal ‘all wormer' medications do not prevent heartworm infection.
There are topical treatments, oral treatments and a once yearly injection for dogs.
Ask us for the most suitable prevention for your pet - we will make sure your pet is protected.