Heartworm Testing & Treatment
in Riverhead and the Peconic Bay Area
At Peconic Bay Animal Hospital, we prioritize the health and well-being of your pet. Annual heartworm testing is highly recommended for dogs and cats, even those on regular heartworm protection. As part of your pet's routine wellness exam, we will perform this crucial test to ensure your pet remains protected against heartworm disease. Our veterinary team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and taking proactive measures to safeguard your pet's health.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease poses serious risks to the health and well-being of dogs and cats. It can result in severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage, and even death. This condition is caused by Dirofilaria immitis, a parasitic worm transmitted through mosquito bites. Protecting your pet against heartworm disease is essential for their overall health.
How often should my pet be tested for heartworms?
Dogs and cats should be tested for heartworms on an annual basis.
Does my pet still need to be tested for heartworms if on a monthly heartworm preventative?
Even if your pet is on a monthly heartworm preventative, it is still necessary to test them for heartworms. While these preventatives are highly effective, there is still a possibility of infection. Additionally, it is crucial to continue annual testing for dogs and cats on heartworm prevention, as administering heartworm medication to a pet already infected with heartworms can be dangerous. Regular testing allows us to detect any potential heartworm infection early and take necessary measures to protect your pet's health.
Can I help prevent heartworm disease in my pets?
Certainly! You play a critical role in preventing heartworm disease in your pets. The most effective approach is to consistently administer preventive medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. Yearly wellness exams for your pets are also crucial, as they allow for early detection of any potential heartworm infection. Additionally, taking steps to minimize your pets' exposure to mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of heartworm disease, can further reduce the risk.
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