Why Heartworm Preventive Is So Important in Keeping Your Pet Healthy


Pesky mosquitoes may not pose much of a threat to humans living in Dallas, but they can infect dogs and cats living in the area with potentially life-threatening heartworms. Heartworm Disease, a condition spread by a parasitic worm-carrying mosquito, is expensive and complicated for veterinarians to treat and can be deadly. The transmission of heartworm from mosquito to your pet is, however, entirely preventable.

Nationwide Presence of Heartworm

According to the American Heartworm Society, cases of heartworm have been confirmed in all fifty states. This means that dogs and cats around the country are susceptible to heartworms, and that a monthly heartworm preventive should be administered to every dog and cat.

Ease of Prevention in Comparison to Treatment

Several FDA-approved compounds are available for prevention of heartworm in both dogs and cats, and your veterinarian can help you choose the option that is best for your pet. Treatment of heartworm disease, on the otherhand, is expensive and can have complications. Prevention requires nothing more than administering a tablet, or topical product to your pet once a month. For this reason, veterinarians and other pet care professionals recommend using a heartworm preventive every month year round.

Availability and Cost-Effectiveness of Heartworm Preventives

Obtaining a heartworm preventive for your pet is as simple as scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian to assess your pet’s current condition and decide which preventive is best for your pet.  If your pet has not been on heartworm preventive a simple blood test may be necessary to assure there is not currently an infection prior to starting the monthly preventive. The availability of several different preventives has pushed down the price of the medication, making it more affordable for pet owners.

Differences between Heartworm in Dogs and Cats

Heartworm can cause damage to the heart, lungs, and liver of both dogs and cats. Heartworms are, however, easier to diagnose and treat in dogs than in cats. While professionals recommend preventives for all pet canines and felines, the difficulty of diagnosing and treating heartworm in cats means that cat owners should be especially proactive in protecting their pets against heartworm infections.

Are you looking for a North Dallas veterinarian who can provide your pet with a safe and effective heartworm preventive? Proudly serving the area for more than two decades, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can diagnose, treat, or prescribe heartworm prevention for your pet. Call us at (972) 239-1309 in North Dallas or  (972) 529-5033 in McKinney, to find out about our May promotional offer on heartworm preventive!

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