Currently, Georgia is the number one state in the United States for Heartworm infection, a completely preventable disease with devastating effects from infection. The Heartworm uses mosquitoes to infect dogs and cats whether inside or outside. That is why we have a Heartworm test and tick disease panel included in all our annual vaccine prices.
Heartworm infections cause disease that has adverse effects on the heart and lungs. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels associated with it. This damage can accelerate and bring on heart damage that can result in congestive heart failure. This can result in weakness, lethargy, coughing, anemia, fluid retained in the belly, heart and lungs. In severe cases, it can result in issues that may contribute to sudden death.
For this reason and others, our focus and concern is to test yearly for a possible heartworm infection, even if on a monthly preventative.
If positive for heartworms, there are several choices for treatment and care which are intended to correct the infection and clear the pet of heartworms. These options and care alternatives can be discussed as needed. The primary and best choice is to prevent the infection by giving a product that kills the initial infective stage of the heartworm and prevents any disease and damage from occurring. Talk to us about the great and affordable choices we offer to prevent this potentially devastating disease.