Heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention is one of the most important things that pet parents can do for their companion pets. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and can lead to heart failure and respiratory distress. Since mosquitoes manage to find their way inside our homes, indoor as well as outdoor pets are at risk of heartworm infection. Once a dog is infected, the treatment for heartworms is expensive, and for some pets, it can be dangerous. Taking preventive measures against heartworm infection is a much better and more cost-effective option than treating heartworm disease.
At Pearson Animal Hospital, we require annual testing for heartworms and a lifelong preventive treatment program. Testing for the presence of heartworms is quick, easy, and economical.
If your dog’s test results come back negative, then our veterinarians will start him or her on a preventive treatment that you will need to administer year-round for the rest of the animal’s life. These preventive medications come in several forms, including topical applications, injectables, pills, and tasty treats.
If your dog tests positive, we will help guide you through the most current and effective treatment options available.
Schedule an appointment at Pearson Animal Hospital today for your pet’s heartworm test. Our service area includes Hartselle, Cullman, Decatur, and the surrounding communities.