Heartworm Prevention

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The Causeway Veterinary Clinic
103 McLennan Street
Victoria 3629

03 5825 3911

Heartworm Prevention:

Heartworm is an extremely serious and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a worm called Dirofilaria immitis. Heartworm disease is passed from dog to dog via the mosquito and so it is possible for your pet to contract heartworm without coming into direct contact with any other animal. The immature stages of heartworm live within the small blood vessels of the body and then at maturity inhabit the large chambers of the heart. HEARTWORM KILLS DOGS!!!!! (Heartworm can be treated but it is extremely invasive and very very expensive!)

Normal intestinal worm preparations do not generally protect your pet against heartworm.

Young puppies can be started straight onto heartworm prevention however in older dogs it is recommended that they have a blood test first.

There are a number of heartworm preventions available and range from once a day, once a month and yearly medications but all must be given for the life of the dog to ensure 100% protection.

Monthly options are available in a ‘tablet/chew’ form or in a ‘spot on’ application. At The Causeway Veterinary Clinic, we have a large range of these products to suit most individual requirements ranging from those that just contain heartworm prevention to those that contain heartworm and intestinal worm medication or heartworm and flea treatment and even products that contain a combination of heartworm, intestinal worm and flea prevention in the one vial or tablet.

Once a year Heartworm prevention takes away any risk of forgetting monthly or daily dosing. Monthly treatments do NOT adequately protect your pet against heartworm as it has been proven over and over again that people do NOT remember to use these treatments correctly. Missing one of these treatments puts your dog at risk and for this reason The Causeway Veterinary Clinic recommends yearly heartworm prevention as the most effective means of keeping your pet safe from deadly heartworm!

An annual ‘Proheart’ Heartworm injection protects your pet against Heartworm for one year. So give us a call at The Causeway Veterinary Clinic to ensure your pet is fully protected and kept safe!