Get a FREE heartworm test when you purchase a year supply of heartgard.
Why Worry About Heartworms?
Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal. It affects dogs, cats, and up to 30 other species of mammals. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. It is caused by parasitic worms (heartworms) living in the major vessels of the lungs and, occasionally, in the heart. Heartworms are transmitted (as microscopic larvae) through the bite of an infected mosquito. The scientific name for the heartworm parasite is Dirofilaria immitis.
Why Heartworm Test?
The benefits of heartworm testing are enormous. If your dog is infected with heartworms, early diagnosis and treatment are the best ways to help ensure that the infection is cleared before permanent damage is done to the heart, lungs, or associated blood vessels. Heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated, so early diagnosis and treatment can literally save your dog’s life! Be sure to keep your dog on heartworm preventive medication and stay up to date with yearly heartworm testing.
Also Stops Roundworms & Hookworms
As well as preventing heartworms, Heartgard is also used to stop roundworms and hooksworms. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, are even transmissible to humans. Both these parasites can be transmitted to humans through contact with contaminated soil or feces. Roundworms are capable of causing blindness and other illnesses. Hookworms can penetrate the skin causing infection and other systemic illness. This is why at Sandy Animal Clinic we strongly encourage you to keep your dogs on year-round Heartgard or Proheart and your cats on Revolution.
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