Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that is transmitted from mosquitoes to dogs and cats. Each bite from an infected mosquito can introduce heartworm larvae into your pet’s bloodstream and infect an unprotected pet. Once infected, parasitic worms develop, attacking the pulmonary arteries and the heart. There are few recognizable signs of heartworm disease in the early stages because the number of heartworms in an animal tend to accumulate gradually over a period of months.
Veterinarians have been diagnosing heartworm disease in pets for more than 120 years. Today’s heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive, making the disease almost 100% preventable in dogs and cats when prescribed by your veterinarian and given as directed.
There many options for the prevention of heartworm disease, including products like Heartgard Plus which is given orally, or pre-measured liquid products like Revolution for Dogs which is applied topically. Our heartworm comparison chart can help you sort out the options. No matter which you choose, be sure to give the medication every month, all year-round. This, combined with annual testing, gives you the peace of mind that you are protecting your pets.