Inside or out, all year round, all dogs are at risk for heartworm disease no matter where you live in the US.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease in dogs is a serious and potentially fatal disease. Heartworms spend their adult lives in the pulmonary arteries. Adult worms can cause lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries.
How do dogs get heartworms?
Heartworms are transmitted from one dog to another by mosquitoes, which pick up tiny immature heartworms when they bite an infected dog. Larvae develop in the mosquito and then are transmitted to another dog when that dog is bitten by the invective mosquito.
Where are dogs at risk for heartworm disease?
Inside of out, all year round, all dogs are at risk for heartworm disease no matter where you live in the US.
How are dogs tested for heartworm disease?
A veterinarian will collect a small blood sample from a dog and evaluate the sample using a specialized test kit to detect the presence of adult heartworms.
How can heartworm disease be prevented?
Pet owners can use a monthly heartworm preventative. Heartgard Plus kills tissue larval stages of heartworms and helps prevent them from developing info adults which causes heartworm disease.
Burch Creek Animal Hospital Provides two types of heartworm preventatives.
Heartgard Plus monthly chewable, or ProHeart injections.
You can purchase a 6 month supply or 12 month supply of Heartgard Plus at our hospital or our online pharmacy.
ProHeart injections can be given by your veterinarian to prevent a full 6 months or 12 months of heartworm disease.
American Heartworm Society website: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources
Call us today to learn more about heartworm prevention!