Will you join Pound Road Veterinary clinic in putting a stop to deadly heartworm by treating your dogs?
Heartworm is a deadly worm that is unlike any other worms you may have heard of; it does not affect our pet’s tummies by living in them and is not passed on through their faeces.
Did you know?
Heartworm is in fact spread by mosquito’s, the mosquito will bite the dog and pass it onto the next unsuspecting dog by biting them too. This will inject the disease into your dog’s blood stream. Unless we work out a way to stop mosquito’s biting all together, which would be a dream come true for all of us especially in summer, we cannot stop potential exposure of this disease.
Heartworm migrates from wherever on the body the host has bitten into the abdomen approximately 3 weeks later. It will move into the dog’s lungs and heart after approximately 3 months, where at this stage they are about 1-2 inches in size… disturbing we know!!
Heartworm is potentially deadly, and in most cases almost impossible to treat.
The female worm can increase in length by almost tenfold (up to 25cm). Understandably, should this be in your dogs heart, it can prevent your dogs heart from functioning properly causing heart failure. While surgical removal and supportive therapy may be possible at specialist institutions, this is rarely done and more likely the cause of heart failure may never be discovered… or at least not until it’s too late.
The scariest part is…
Heartworm IS present in Victoria; there have been recent studies that have shown heartworm is present in all states of Australia! In Victoria, a 2013 study discovered heartworm to be in 4% of foxes tested. Given that foxes are not the natural host of heartworm, the prevalence in non-protected dogs is likely to be even higher.
Although it is more prevalent in tropical regions heartworm has been found in Victoria. While heartworm is very much dependant on temperature for its development, microclimates in urban environments such as car parks with warm cars or 24hour lights can provide favorable environments even in cooler periods of the year.
Were you were wondering what about my cat?
YES cats can contract heartworm, although the heartworm can not complete its lifecycle in cats therefore making the risk much lower in cats, but animals do surprise us everyday and that risk is still there. The decision is yours.
The good news is we CAN prevent heart worm easily!
Use of regular injections of Proheart can be given twice in the first year of your pet’s life and then only ONCE yearly, often clients will have this done for their pets together with their other yearly vaccinations. It’s quick and easy, and you have peace of mind that your pet will always be covered.
Other types of preventative medicines come in tablet/chewable form or a spot on treatment this must be done monthly. IF treatment is missed your dog may contract heartworm in the time they were not being protected. The preventatives if given after your pet has contracted heartworm will only kill juvenile heartworm therefore leaving adult heart worm untouched and free to grow more.
The most important thing with ANY of these treatments is CONSISTENCY!
There is MORE good news-
We can test your pet for heartworm if he/she has never been on any preventative medication or has missed their yearly injection/ monthly treatment.
For a limited time only to help prevent heartworm all together, Pound Road Veterinary clinic is offering a 20% discount off Heartworm blood testing, it is done here in our clinic it is quick and easy.
Contact us today to discuss with our friendly staff about getting your pet on heartworm prevention or be sure to mention it in your next consultation with us.
Together we can prevent this deadly disease and help our pets live a long, healthy happy life.