Heartworm Disease – Deadly to Dogs
We have diagnosed 6 cases of heartworm disease in the past 6 weeks. All of these dogs looked normal but a simple ten minute blood test told a different story. Left untreated, these dogs could develop heart disease. The heartworms cause damage to the heart which can lead to heart failure and death.
Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and initially causes no symptoms at all. So if you are late giving prevention and your dog gets bitten by an infected mosquito, there may be no clinical signs until it is too late.
Luckily testing and prevention is easy. If your dog is not receiving any heartworm prevention OR if you have EVER been late giving a monthly preventative, then a heartworm test is required. It takes 2 drops of blood and ten minutes of time.
There are many different prevention products on the market. These can be divided into 2 groups:
- A yearly preventative injection.
- Monthly options (tablets, chews, spot ons)
The monthly options MUST be given on time. Even a few days late can open up a window in which your dog can become infected with deadly heartworm. 40% of heartworm positive dogs are on owner given monthly preventions. This isn’t because the preventions don’t work, but because we are human and can easily forget a dose.
For this reason we recommend the yearly heartworm preventative injection. One trip to the vet once a year and you never have to worry about heartworm again. It is then our job to remind you when your pet is due for the next dose.
Does your dog need a check for heartworm? If in doubt get them tested TODAY.
Welcome to Southside Vets, We offer the best for your pets!
Southside Veterinary Surgery was purchased by Wade and Helen McAuley back in May 2000 and has been owned by them ever since. Since that time, the practice has grown to include six vets and over ten nurses.
A little bit about our practice:
Our hospital provides modern, professional, and personally tailored health care for your pets. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our clinic with a caring and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our dedicated staff are all passionate about pets and avid animal lovers.
At Southside, you’ll be fully supported with sound advice as we know that helping our clients starts with providing a good understanding of health care issues and treatment options. Being well informed will allow you to make the best ongoing health care decisions for your pet.
With fully equipped examination rooms, diagnostic machines, and pharmaceutical stores we provide on-the-spot assistance for nearly all pet health and medical needs. Take a moment to meet our team and our own pets. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again at the next scheduled visit.