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Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm Prevention in Albuquerque

How can I actively participate in heartworm prevention for my dog in Albuquerque? Heartworms are potentially deadly parasitic worms living in the heart. Although most common in dogs, heartworms can infect cats as well. The condition is transmitted from animal to animal through the bites of mosquitoes. In New Mexico, coyotes are a major pool of heartworm infection  

What is heartworm prevention for dogs?

The good news is that there are many FDA-approved products that prevent heartworm infection in dogs. These products all require a veterinarian’s prescription and come as a topical liquid or as a chewable dose. It’s not uncommon for these prescriptions to contain other ingredients that are effective in preventing intestinal parasites as well. Overall, year-round preventive medication is the best and most proven method of heartworm prevention.    

Why is heartworm prevention important? 

The life cycle of the heartworm goes through many stages within a host’s body tissue before migrating to the heart and lungs. Prescribed medications only kill early stage larvae. After heartworms grow past this stage the medication in heartworm prevention medications is ineffective. This is why it’s important to give your dog heartworm prevention every 30 days in Albuquerque. Treating the disease, once your dog is infected, is costly and carries its own risks for your dog’s health. There is no effective treatment for heartworm infection in cats.

When should I start heartworm prevention in Albuquerque?

You should start heartworm prevention with your puppy as young as possible. The American Heartworm Society recommends starting a puppy on heartworm prevention when they are eight weeks old. Yearly testing is recommended to detect infection as early as possible      

Where to get heartworm prevention in Albuquerque?

Let our trained staff help you prevent this life-threatening disease. If your pet needs heartworm prevention in Albuquerque, contact Petroglyph Animal Hospital today! Call right away at (505) 898-8874.