WHY SHOULD I USE HEARTWORM PREVENTION

DID YOU KNOW?

YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR DOG FROM HEARTWORM DISEASE FOR FIFTEEN YEARS FOR THE COST OF TREATING YOUR PET FOR HEARTWORM DISEASE!
Heartworms are the most dangerous parasite that our canine friends can contract. It only takes one bite from a mosquito to infect your dog. If left untreated or undiagnosed heartworms can be fatal. While heartworm treatment has come a long way, it is still very dangerous for your dog. Treatment requires several days of hospitalization and is very costly.
Permanent damage can be done to the heart and lungs, even if your pet is treated. Heartworms live in the right side of your dog’s heart and can reach 14 inches in length. They restrict the blood flow out of the heart to the rest of the body and can cause breathing difficulty, coughing, exercise intolerance, loss of consciousness, and even sudden death. Statistics show that approximately 300,000 pets in the United States are infected with heartworms.

The good news is that you can help keep your dog safe against this dangerous parasite by using once monthly prevention year round. Heartguard Plus and Advantage Multi are the preventions that we recommend. They give your pet protection against not only heartworms but the most common intestinal parasites as well. This added benefit keeps your pet much healthier, and in the long run will be much more cost effective than periodic deworming or heartworm treatment.

Many pet owners believe that dogs do not need prevention in the winter months, or if they are indoor only, but that is absolutely false! The strange Kentucky weather allows mosquitoes to live year round and if you ever open your doors or windows at home then your dog is at risk! And remember, heartworm prevention provides protection from some intesinal parasites.

Talk with us to see which prevention is best for you dog’s lifestyle. A heartworm test will be done before starting prevention, and then annually thereafter. So do your canine friend a favor and schedule an appointment today!

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