Heartworm Prevention For Dogs: When, What, & How?
As a pet owner, there are a number of diseases, viruses, pests, and parasites to be concerned about. Heartworm is a very serious disease in the United States and if left untreated, can be fatal. Without treatment, these pests can live and multiply as the dog grows, causing long-lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries: all of which can limit a dog’s lifespan.
There are many ways we can keep our furry friends safe with heartworm prevention – here we’ll discuss all you need to know about heartworm prevention for dogs so you’re well equipped to ensure a healthy and happy life for your pet.
As with most things in life, they say that prevention is always better than cure. Heartworm prevention is important for every pet owner to consider, and is easy to obtain. Here are some important considerations for choosing heartworm prevention:
- Every state in the U.S. has reported dogs with heartworm disease, and the American Heartworm Society has estimated that there are more than a million dogs in the U.S. with the disease.
- Since heartworm disease can be spread by mosquitoes, your dog can contract the disease no matter which part of the U.S. you reside in.
- Heartworm disease is fatal if left untreated.
- Heartworm prevention is safe and easy to give.
Even if your dog is on heartworm prevention, the American Heartworm Society recommends having your dog tested annually for the disease. Although the medication is highly effective, there is never a 100% guarantee your beloved pet can’t become infected. If your dog tests positive for heartworm disease, there are treatments available.
If your dog does test positive for heartworm disease, here are some effective treatment steps you can take:
Restrict Their Exercise
It is important for your dog to limit their exercise if they test positive for heartworm disease, as physical exercise can increase the rate at which heartworms damage your dog’s heart and lungs. Exercise restriction after treatment is also very important for a successful recovery.
Administer Heartworm Treatment
Your vet will be able to administer the heartworm medication needed to treat your dog.
Conduct Annual Tests And Administer Preventative Treatment
Once heartworm treatment is completed, your dog should be tested to confirm that the heartworms have been completely eradicated and begin heartworm prevention medication.
What Is The Best Available Heartworm Prevention For Dogs?
Heartworm prevention can come in different forms: chewable tablets, topical treatments, and injectable medications. Heartworm prevention medications are only available by prescription from a veterinarian.
At All Aboard Animal Hospital, we carry several heartworm prevention medications that will help keep your pet safe:
- Proheart: This is an injectable that only needs to be administered once every 12 months.
- Heartgard: This is a chewable you can give to your dog in the safety and comfort of your own home. This medication is administered once a month.
- Simparica Trio: This is a pill that combines heartworm disease prevention with flea/tick protection.
Visit All Aboard Animal Hospital In Pompano Beach
At All Aboard, we understand that your pets are valued members of the family, and we treat them with the highest quality care they deserve. If you are concerned for the health and safety of your dog against heartworm disease, look no further for check-ups and to learn more about the prevention measures you can take.
Visit us today or request an appointment at (945) 785-7780 to discuss your veterinary care needs.