Westside Animal Hospital, LLC

172 Gray Road
Cumberland, ME 04021

(207)829-4090

westsideah.com

Heartworm Prevention

Here at Westside we recommend keeping your pet on heartworm preventative year round. Not only does it protect against heartworm, but also keeps your pet safe against roundworms and hookworms. The chewable medication, called Heartgard, is given once monthly and even better is flavored like a treat! Dogs contract heartworm by being bitten by a mosquito that is a heartworm carrier. Not all mosquitos carry heartworm, however, there is no way to tell which ones are carriers.  Because of this the best way to keep your pet safe is to keep them on prevention year round.

Heartgard does not protect your pet all month but rather de-worms your pet once a month for any heartworm or intestinal parasites.  Heartgard stops the worms from working their way to your pet's heart and setting up home there.  When heartgard is given once monthly it will kill off these worms, however, if the worms get too big Heartgard will no longer work against them.  This is why giving prevention every month is so important to your pet.