"Using Heartgard To Prevent Heartworms...
As a loving and responsible pet owner, it is your responsibility to provide proper care for your pet. No matter how much we love our pets, love itself is not enough. A dog or cat owner must consider diet, exercise, regular checkups at the veterinarian, and prevention.
Prevention is a very important part of your pet’s health. It includes things such as flea control, vaccinations, and prevention of parasites: such as heartworms.
Dogs and cats are infected with heartworms when they are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying heartworm microfilaria (or larvae). After being bitten by the infected mosquito, the young heartworm larvae will enter the body of the new host via the bite site.
Within months, the larvae will move into the bloodstream of your pet, and then migrate to areas such as the heart and arteries of the lungs.
They will then grow into adults up to 30cm in length. Some pets may eventually show symptoms of Heartworm Disease that may include: fatigue, seizures, swelling of the abdominal area, and/or a cough. Symptoms may not even become apparent until it is too late.
Without treatment, your dog or cat can eventually experience cardiovascular collapse, leading to death. Even treatment itself can be fatal; if the disease is in more advanced stages. Treatment bears a great financial expense and can also be very hard on your pet.
It cannot be stated enough that using Heartgard to prevent Heartworm Disease is probably one of the most important preventative measures you can offer your cat or dog. Heartgard prescriptions can be obtained for both cats and dogs. Your pet’s Heartgard will come in the form of a beef flavored tablet that will need to be given only once a month.
This simple heartworm preventative kills the larvae before they can develop and cause any damage to your pet. Heartgard cannot kill adult heartworms that are already present.
Giving animals a heartworm preventative when they are already carrying adults in their system can make them ill or even be fatal. This is why a prescription is needed before you can obtain any preventative.
Your dog will need a simple blood test to detect any heartworms. If none are detected, a Heartgard prescription can then be given. Heartworms are more difficult to detect in cats. X-rays may be used for cats. Another option would be both antibody and antigen tests to detect the parasites. Like dogs, once your cat is given a clean bill of health, he or she may begin taking Heartgard.
Heartgard is a gift that you can offer your pet. It can and will save the life of your cat and/or dog. The low cost of this preventative, along with the simplicity of use and it’s effectiveness, is what makes Heartgard such a wonderful gift.
You cannot not afford to give the gift of life and safety to those wonderful animals that give so much to us all. Using Heartgard is the most effective and cost effective way to prevent Heartworm Disease.