3 Heartworm Prevention F.A.Q.s

3 Heartworm Prevention F.A.Q.s

I Missed Giving a Dose of Heartworm Prevention Medicine. Does My Pet Need to Be Tested for Heartworms? We’ve all been there at least once in which life’s daily routines can cause us to forget important reminders. So, what happens in the event you mistakenly forget to give your pet his or her heartworm preventative and a month goes by without protection? Despite potential misinformation given to pet parents, it […]

Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

One of the most common questions asked by animal guardians is whether monthly heartworm medication needs to be given year round, even in the colder winter months. While heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, there have been increasingly warmer winter months in recent years which has led to the appearance of mosquitoes even in colder months. However, in order for mosquitoes to transmit the infectious larval stages of heartworms through a bite, […]

What You Need to Know About Heartworm Prevention

With spring and warmer weather just around the corner, many pet guardians start thinking of protecting their pets from fleas, ticks as well as heartworm disease. However, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), “…heartworm infections continue to increase in numbers and geographic distribution.” While the greatest number of cases are seen in the southeastern US, heartworm infection has been found in dogs in all 50 states. Treating heartworm […]

Does My Dog Need Heartworm Prevention in the Winter?

One of the more common questions we receive in the veterinary clinic is whether dogs should be on year-round heartworm prevention, even in the winter and colder months. Over 20 years ago I was taught in veterinary school that the average ambient temperature had to be 65 degrees or higher for 30 days in a row for mosquitoes to become infectious and transmit heartworms to dogs. In most areas of the country […]

The Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Pets

Heartworm disease has been increasingly reported in recent years in dogs and cats. Transmission occurs through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In some pets, particularly cats, there may be no clinical symptoms observed. In many pets, particularly dogs, increasing respiratory difficulty, including coughing and shortness of breath is often observed. Nonspecific symptoms of lethargy, vomiting and loss of appetite will occur in many pets. In some pets with severe infections, […]

Heartworm Disease and Your Pet

The following post is from Molly Foreman, DVM: What causes heartworm? Heartworm infection is caused by a filarial organism known as Dirofilaria immitis.  Mosquitos serve as intermediate hosts which help to spread the disease to animals as the mosquito takes a blood meal and bites your dog or cat. Infections are possible in numerous wild and companion animals. Wild animal reservoirs can include wolves, coyotes, foxes, California gray seals, sea […]

How Are Heartworms Treated?

Fortunately, with the increase in use of monthly heartworm preventative medication such as Sentinel or Heartgard, and/or natural herbal alternatives such as black walnut or quassia bark, the incidence of heartworm disease is decreasing. However, in stressful situations and/or in immune or nutritionally compromised patients, heartworm disease is still being diagnosed in most states. In decades past, heartworm was typically treated with a strong arsenical compound known as Caparsolate intravenously in the veterinary […]