Heartworm disease is commonly found in dogs and is caused by the mosquito. The adult heartworm typically lives in the heart along with other major arteries of the lungs. The cycle starts with the infected mosquito biting another dog. That dog then is infected with the heartworms and the larva is left in his tissue to develop. The worms then reach the heart and lungs where they take the time to mature into adult worms. They take home to the heart and multiply causing the heart to be overloaded.
Testing your pet for heartworm disease is recommended by the American Heartworm Society. The test detects the presence of adult heartworms in the heart. The heartworms take 6 months to reach the large larvae stage and to reach the heart. After a negative test result, start your pet on monthly prevention. Give the chewable tablet once a month, year round for the best protection.
Monthly preventatives are much cheaper on the pocket book then the cost of treatment that your pet would undergo if they do have heartworms. This is a serious disease and can cause death if not treated correctly or prevented. We’re starting to see more and more cases of this disease in our area. Please take proper safety precautions and treat your pet.
Want an added bonus? Interceptor Plus also doubles as a monthly dewormer for tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms.