Heartworm prevention for your dog
Maintaining your dogs annual heartworm prevention injection is essential to keep them protected from contracting heartworms.
This annual heartworm injection contains a continued release formula to ensure a full 12 months of protection. It can be safely given at the time of your pet’s vaccination and removes the need to remember to give your dog a monthly heartworm oral tablet or chew.
All it takes is just one infected mosquito to bite your pet and potentially cause fatal damage to your dog’s heart if they’re not on a heartworm prevention. The infected mosquito bites the pet and injects a larval stage of the worm under the skin. This larval stage matures in the pet’s organs for 5 to 6 months becoming an adult worm and migrating through the organs to the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. These adult worms then breed to produce microfilaria (baby heartworm) in the bloodstream which are then drawn up by a mosquito when it feeds on the pet. And so the cycle begins again.
This disease is potentially fatal yet completely preventable by simply maintaining your dog’s annual heartworm injection.
To learn more about heartworm prevention, contact your local Greencross Vets team or book online today!
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