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 owners surveyed entirely missed a monthly dose, and 20 percent of those who missed eventually stopped giving the preventative all together. An earlier study by Merck Ag Vet, revealed that only 56.4 percent of heartworm medications are administered as recommended by the veterinarian. MISSING A HEARTWORM DOSE CAN PUT DOGS AT RISK FOR HEARTWORM DISEASE.