Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a potentially deadly parasite that is spread by mosquitoes. Your pet does not even need to be in contact with other pets to become infected!
Heartworm has a complicated life cycle, with parts of maturation occuring in mosquitoes before the final stage of maturation resulting in a large adult worm inside the heart of a dog or cat. In the early stages of infection there may be no visible signs, however, infection may eventually lead to signs of heart failure (reluctance to exercise, lethargy, coughing) and even death. Heartworm is present throughout most of Australia.
Thankfully, heartworm is very easy to prevent and should form part of your pet health care routine. We have a range of very effective preventative treatment options available including an annual injection for dogs administered by one of our vets. If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention we strongly recommend a heartworm test prior to starting a prevention program, followed by a repeat test 6 months after commencing.
Please call us on (03) 9877 3999 to discuss the best heartworm prevention for your pet.