Heartworms cause severe lung disease in dogs and cats and can be deadly.  Heartworm disease can be prevented in dogs and cats by giving them medication once a month that also controls various internal and external parasites.  According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, 1 out of every 38 dogs will test positive in South Carolina in 2014, and these numbers get even scarier going county by county. (See the link to our map at the bottom of the page) Heartworm disease is 100% preventable.   Heartworm disease is becoming more and more prevalent in this area, and causing more owner surrenders at animal shelters.  The real truth is that you can buy 11 years of heartworm prevention for less than the cost of treating your dog one time for heartworms.  Veterinary rebates and promotions make it very affordable to keep your pet protected all year long.  Ask your Veterinarian today to recommend what product is best for your pet!

Here is a list of some FAQ’s about Heartworms and their answers

Q: Why do I have to test my pet for heartworms each year, when they get their heartworm prevention every month?

A: Even though today’s preventive medications are effective, pets are only protected if we treat them without interruption.  A late or missed dose can open the window for infection.  Your pet can also throw up a dose without your knowledge and open the window for infection as well.  It only takes ONE infected mosquito to bite your pet!  Heartworm testing yearly is the only way to ensure we catch infection early.  This will also validate your guarantee as we will discuss later in the article.

Q: What are some common signs of Heartworm Disease?

A: Symptoms of heartworm infection can be coughing, wheezing, or lethargy.

Q: Why do I have to give my pet heartworm prevention all year when it gets cold in the winter?

A: We have crazy weather here in the south as we have experienced this year, with it being 30 degrees one day and 70 degrees the next.  We never know when the mosquitos feel it will be warm enough to come out, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Q: Why should I buy my heartworm prevention from my vet and not an online company?

A: Oh, how I could go on for ever about this one.  These products are to be sold by Veterinarians only.  These online companies are purchasing these products and selling them without a Veterinarian on site, which is illegal.  These products may be expired, to large or small for your pet, and will not have the manufacture guarantee attached to the product.  This guarantee will pay for any treatment or reaction to the product purchased, but ONLY if it is purchased from a licensed Veterinarian.  These sites have also had numerous reports of credit card fraud. Many of the Veterinarians out there will price match, or have rebates and promotions that will get the product at the same price or even less expensive.  We urge you to support your Veternarian!

http://www.capcvet.org/parasite-prevalence-maps