"Benefits Of Using Heartgard...
The most important benefit of using Heartgard is the fact that it can and will prevent your cat or dog from getting Heartworm Disease (which can be fatal). Every year, countless dogs and cats die or are put to sleep due to complications from being infected with heartworms.
Heartgard is the simple, low-cost, effective method of preventing heartworms. A prescription is required to obtain Heartgard because one must be sure that your pet is not already infected with the parasite. Giving preventatives to an animal that already has heartworms may cause serious or possibly fatal side effects.
Take your pet to the veterinarian, where a small amount of blood will be taken from your pet. You will know within minutes if he or she already has heartworms. If not, your veterinarian will give you the prescription that you need for Heartgard.
Fortunately, Heartgard is not one of those medications that you literally have to force into your pet’s throat. It is a beef flavored tablet that most pets actually enjoy (as if it is a treat).
For the minority of dogs that are finicky and refuse it (or spit it out), try wrapping a piece of cheese or deli meat around the tablet. It is a trick that usually works. When using Heartgard for cats, the same trick may be used.
Do make sure you watch your cat or dog to make sure that he or she really has chewed and then swallowed the tablet. If those finicky eaters go behind your back and spit it out, your pet could be infected with heartworms the next time he or she is bitten by a mosquito.
Giving Heartgard to your dog or cat is as simple as giving it a treat, and it is something that you only have to give once a month. Once you give your pet his or her their first dose, mark thirty days later on your calendar as the next due date. Simple.
You will find that the low cost of Heartgard is nominal compared to what you would have to pay the doctors if your pet does get heartworms. If he or she does get the disease, you may not know it until it is too late.
Some of the signs (coughing, lethargy) often do not show until later stages. Heartworms can be fatal. Treatment is very costly, with the numerous office visits needed for treatment and follow-ups.
Some pet parents find that it is cheaper to just put their dog or cat to sleep rather than treat the disease. Fortunately, Heartgard’s low price preventative is here to keep your beloved pet healthy. Once the veterinarian has given your pet a prescription, you may also opt to purchase Heartgard over the internet (where you may find additional discounts).
The most important benefit of Heartgard is that it is effective. It will save the life of your cat and/or dog. Think of how much your pets give to you. Give them that much in return. Take care of them. Save their lives by preventing heartworms.