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Heartworm Disease Topics
Heartworm Disease Topics
In-depth education on signs & symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.


The Importance of Heartworm Preventatives


Did you know that pets contracted heartworms in every US state and nearly every county in 2010? (The American Heartworm Society)

  • It takes only one heartworm-carrying mosquito to infect your pet.
  • Adult heartworms can survive in dogs for up to seven years.
  • In cats heartworms may survive from a few months up to several years.

Pet's that aren't on a monthly heartworm preventative are at an increased risk of contracting this potentially fatal disease.


Reduce your dog's or cat's risk for contracting heartworm disease


Have your pet tested annually.


Despite monthly prevention, there are reported instances where pets are infected with heartworms. As a result, consistent testing by your veterinarian is one of the best ways to ensure your pet remains heartworm free. For pets that contract heartworm disease, conventional treatment usually requires ongoing, expensive visits to the veterinarian office for x-rays, blood work, and injections.

Although there are heartworm treatments available for dogs, there can be serious risks involved depending on your dog's health at the time of diagnosis. For dogs with severe heartworm disease, treatment may be too harsh on the respiratory system, in that case your veterinarian will determine the best treatment plan for your pet.

Although it's estimated 95% of dogs diagnosed with heartworms are treated successfully, there is currently no effective and safe medical treatment for cats infected with heartworm disease.


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Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

Give monthly heartworm prevention

Treating a dog with heartworms is expensive. The good news: prevention, which is available for both dogs and cats at a fraction of the cost of treatment - and it is much easier on your pet. It's important to consistently give your pet heartworm medication at the same time each month, as this may considerably reduce your pet's risk of disease. The American Heartworm Society reports pets being diagnosed with heartworm disease throughout the year (even in winter) in all 50 states. Practicing monthly prevention can help reduce your pet's risk of infection. In addition, some heartworm preventatives may also protect against other worms such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

Millions of people buy heartworm preventatives from us. If your pet gets heartworms, we will pay the vet bill. See our 100% Happy Guarantee.

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Max's Tip: Common signs of heartworm disease include persistent cough, weakness, sudden weight loss, and trouble breathing. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.  

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