Heartworm Disease & Prevention For Your Puppy

When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your puppy. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.

In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.

Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than preventionand it can actually kill your dog.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We recommend using either Sentinel (which protects your puppy from heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and kills flea eggs) or Heartgard (which protects against heartworms, roundworms and hookworms). Both products available at our hospital with great rebates!

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm
SundayClosed

For your convenience, as well as that of other clients, office visits are by appointment only. On surgery days, patient admission is between 7:30 and 8:15am.