Heartworms in Dogs
Facts About Heartworms
- Heartworm disease is a serious condition that potentially could be fatal.
- It is transmitted by mosquitoes. It only takes one bite from one infected mosquito.
- Heartworms are parasitic worms that live in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart.
- Heartworms affect both dogs and cats.
- Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states.
- Signs of heartworm disease may not be visible until its later stages.
- Heartworm infection can be detected with a simple blood test.
- Treatment for heartworm disease is expensive, lengthy, and traumatic with unpredictable outcomes.
- Facts About Heartworm Prevention
- The best offense against heartworm disease is a good defense!
- Heartworm disease is 100% preventable!
- Prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive.
- Dogs must have a current negative heartworm test before starting prevention.
- Dogs must have a current client-veterinary-patient relationship due to heartworm prevention being a prescription.
We recommend Trifexis, Heartgard, and Interceptor Plus for dogs.
Trifexis is a once monthly oral heartworm and flea preventive, as well as being a monthly dewormer for roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
Heartgard is a once monthly oral heartworm preventive, as well as being a monthly dewormer for roundworms and hookworms.
Interceptor Plus is an oral, monthly heartworm preventative, as well as a monthly dewormer for roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.
- Facts About Heartworm Treatment
- In dogs, adult heartworms are killed by using an intramuscular injection of an adulticide. There are usually multiple treatments required.
- Exercise is limited to leash walking only during the recovery period, which may last for several months.
- Treatment is expensive, lengthy and traumatic, with outcomes that could be unpredictable.
- Common Heartworm Questions
- Does my dog really need to be on a heartworm prevention?
- Do we live in a heartworm hot bed?
- Do I really need for my dog to be on heartworm prevention year round?
The answer is YES to all three!
In warmer seasons, the number of heartworm cases rises. In the past 12 years you can see heartworm incidences moving into areas where before there were hardly any reported cases. Visit the American Heartworm Society for more information and to view the most recent heartworm incidence maps.
Without the prevention every month your pet could become infected before you know it. The increase of warmer weather throughout the US has done away with the “flea and/or heartworm seasons”. Remember it could be any season, anytime, and anywhere.