Heartworm is a nasty disease affecting our pets, and mosquitoes transmit it from pet to pet. It is especially bad in our area and, as the name suggests, heartworms live in the heart, and can also thrive in the lungs and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.
Administering monthly oral or topical heartworm preventative medication year-round is your pet’s best defense against heartworm, and annual heartworm tests verify that the medication is working. We have many different types of heartworm preventatives available at Research Boulevard Pet & Bird Hospital, and your veterinarian can help you decide which one is best for your pet.
If you’d like to learn more about heartworm disease and how you can prevent it, schedule an appointment at Research Boulevard Pet & Bird Hospital online.