Can Heartworm be prevented?
Yes. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including monthly topical and monthly chewable or flavoured tablets. Preventative medications are extremely effective and when given properly, on a regular basis, can completely prevent your pet from contracting heartworm. A blood test will be taken prior to dispensing preventative medications to ensure your pet is not heartworm positive. Remember, year-round or seasonal heartworm protection is only as good as your diligence in remembering to give your pet the prescribed medication as directed by your veterinarian. IS HEARTWORM PROTECTION COMPLIANCE A MAJOR PROBLEM? Several studies show that dog owners often forget to administer their dog’s monthly heartworm preventative as recommended. Specifically, a North American survey of dog owners, conducted in the summer of 2000 found that more than 80 percent had failed to give their dogs the monthly heartworm preventative on the due dates as directed. One third of dog own