At Southshore Animal Hospital, we recommend annual testing for heartworms as well as a preventive treatment program, following guidelines set by the American Heartworm Society. We can test for the presence of heartworms quickly, easily and economically.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect indoor and outdoor companion pets. Heartworm larvae are transmitted to healthy animals by mosquitoes that have bitten infected animals. Heartworms exist in all 50 states, but they are most prevalent in warm climates with stable bodies of water. This means that companion pet owners in southeastern Louisiana, including the communities of Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, and New Orleans need to protect their pets year round with preventive heartworm treatment.
Without the protection provided by a preventive treatment program, heartworms can eventually affect your pet's cardiovascular health. There are few, if any, early signs of heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Heartworm positive dogs will eventually experience difficulty breathing and decreased physical activity.
If your canine’s test results come back negative, then our veterinarians will start your dog on a preventive treatment that you will need to administer year-round for the rest of the animal’s life. These preventive medications come in several forms, including topical applications and tasty treats.
If you haven’t had your companion pet tested for heartworms, schedule an appointment today at Southshore Animal Hospital. Our doctors and staff will work with you to determine the best heartworm preventative based on your pet’s individual lifestyle.