Heartworms are a parasite that is easily prevented, but extensive to treat. Heartworms can be found in cats and dogs and is prevalent in all 50 states of the United States. In the South, the percentage of infected animals is even greater due to the presence of mosquitoes. Heartworms are transferred from an infected animal to a not treated animal thru mosquito bites. Alford Avenue Veterinary Hospital usually runs a heartworm test on your pet during their yearly visit. If positive, you will be informed of treatment options for your pet.
Veterinarians and The American Heartworm Association both agree that the best treatment for heartworm disease is preventative medicine. Alford Avenue Veterinary Hospital provides several forms of preventative medicines including injectable medication that lasts several months, chewy treats that are given monthly and oral pills given monthly. The process for treating heartworm disease lasts several months, during which your pet must be kept calm and isolated during this time and the medicine is very costly.