Heartworms can be one of the most damaging internal parasites that a dog or cat can encounter. While cats are susceptible, dogs are at a much higher risk for contracting the disease. Heartworm prevention is an easy and cost effective way to guard your pet against the threat. We still advise the monthly or topical products for control. While injectable products do exists, we are still waiting until they have been used in the U.S. for a little longer before embracing them.
Heartworm disease is a very real and prevalent threat in the southeastern United States. Heart worms are transmitted by mosquitoes. While the heartworm preventatives that we use do an excellent job of controlling this disease, the state recommends that we test on an annual basis to ensure continued efficacy of these products. There have been some incidences in some parts of the country where resistance to the medication is beginning to show up. Therefore it is important not only for the health of your pet, but also for the health of the overall pet population, that we continue to closely monitor the efficacy of these medications as well as ensuring your pet has not developed heartworms.