April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and as such, we would like to share a few tips for keeping your pet heartworm free.
At Gresham Animal Hospital, we follow the recommendations of the American Heartworm Society and other experts in advising heartworm testing and prevention for all our canine patients.
Along with testing, the American Heartworm Society recommends year-round administration of heartworm preventives. Heartworm is a devastating disease, but with early detection, it is preventable and treatable.
Dogs are infected with heartworms when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. This means that even indoor dogs and those that do not have contact with other pets are still susceptible. The incidences of heartworm disease are low in Oregon but that doesn’t mean you should not remain vigilant for the sake of your dogs.
The only way to prevent the spread of heartworm disease is to test your pets regularly and place them on a preventative medication such as Revolution. Gresham Animal Hospital offers quick and easy in-house testing capabilities, we can tell within minutes if your dog is infected and begin steps toward treating the disease.
Pet parents who give heartworm medications year-round can still experience possibilities for heartworm infection to occur. For instance, when a dog owner misses a dose of medication, their pet can become vulnerable to heartworm infection.
Pills can be vomited, and topical creams can be ineffective. This is another scenario that may leave your pet unprotected.
From the American Heartworm Society Website, “Heartworm resistance is rare but real. Owners can rest assured that heartworm medications are highly effective, but a few cases of heartworm strains that are resistant to common preventives have been documented. The issue is being studied by the AHS.”
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.
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