Heartworm Disease

posted: by: NSVH Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

We would like to make our clients aware of the risk of heartworm disease and how to prevent it.  Heartworm disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae.  Heartworm disease can cause heart failure, lung disease and sudden death.

Recently, there have been two heartworm-positive dogs in our area. Preventing heartworm disease is easy.  There is a simple in-house bloodtest that gives results in minutes.  The test also checks for lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichia ( tick-borne diseases).  Once you have a negative result, you can easily prevent heartworm disease by giving your pet a once-a-month heartworm pill.

Due to the recently diagnosed heartworm-positive dogs in our area, we are recommending that all dogs be tested yearly even if they have been on heartworm prevention.  Call and make an appointment today to schedule a heartworm test and remember: Prevention is the most important thing you can do for the health of your pet!