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Heartworm Disease

Heartworm Disease

We all know how important tick prevention is for our dogs as the weather warms up but what about heartworm disease? Is your dog adequately protected?

Heartworm in dogs is a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted from infected to uninfected dogs by mosquitoes. These mosquitoes inject a tiny worm into the dog’s body (microfilaria) which then mature into adult heartworm over about 6 months inside the chambers of the heart. Adult heartworm then cause heart failure which can result in serious illness and death. Heartworm disease is very difficult and expensive to treat so prevention is much better than cure!

According to the Australian Heartworm Advisory Panel, year round heartworm protection is recommended for every dog Australia wide. Therefore, just as we vaccinate pets against deadly viral diseases, heartworm prophylaxis is an important cornerstone of preventative care. Whilst monthly heartworm preventatives have been demonstrated to be effective, when given every month, any lapse in treatment puts patients at higher risk of heartworm disease. Recent research showed that complacency around heartworm prevention has resulted in dogs testing positive to heartworm, in fact around 40% of dogs diagnosed with heartworm disease are on owner-given monthly heartworm preventatives.

The easiest way to avoid forgetting heartworm medication is to use annual heartworm prevention at the time of vaccination. Give us a call to discuss your dog’s heartworm prevention to make sure they are adequately protected leading into the warmer months

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Office Hours

Newtown Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Sunday 7am - 11pm

Phone:(02) 9519 4111

Inner West Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Friday 7am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday 8am - 6pm

Phone:(02) 9516 1466

Kellyville Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Friday 7am - 9pm
Saturday - Sunday 8am - 6pm

Phone:(02) 8883 0533

Norwest Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Sunday 7am - 11pm

Phone:(02) 8883 0411

Northern Beaches Newport Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Sunday 7am - 9pm

Phone:(02) 9997 4609

Avalon Sydney Animal Hospitals

Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 8:30am - 4pm
Sunday - 9am - 4pm (Oct-Jan)

Phone:(02) 9918 0833


 

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