Heartworm season is over, but that doesn’t mean talk of this disruptive parasite has to end. Because heartworms can appear at any time our veterinarians push for year-round prevention.
Banking on the chance that your pet, whether they’re canine or feline, will not be prey to heartworms is not a viable option. Internal exposure to heartworms could leave your pet with lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and negatively affect the animal’s health and quality of life for years to come.
Many pet owners will shy away from committing to a heartworm preventative prescription because of the cost, but reactive treatment for heartworms will often ten times more than a year’s worth of preventative medication. This isn’t even including the cost it will be to your pet if they have to suffer through heartworms and bear the lasting effects.
If you’d like to read more about the importance of paying for your pet’s preventative, we recommend this well-sourced article. At Animal Medical Center of Cascades, we recommend using either Hartgard or Interceptor Plus as your pet’s heartworm preventative, both of which can be purchased through our online pharmacy. What’s great about Interceptor Plus is its double action, offering your dog the added comfort of being free of roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms in addition to heartworms!
Schedule an appointment to get your pet screened for heartworms and prescribed to a quality preventative today! Call us at (703) 956-1522.