Heartworms and Heartworm Disease

By July 10, 2019Blog

[Updated Video] This blog article was originally published in April 2016 and we’ve just updated it with a new video and helpful pet tips.

Is Your Pet’s Heart Protected?

Heartworm Disease is horrible. It is difficult, costly, painful (and sometimes fatal) to treat once adult heartworms have congregated in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels.

And it is, in most cases, preventable.

With proper annual blood screening and consistent treatment with prescription strength medication prescribed by your veterinarian, you’ll be giving your pet the best protection against Heartworm Disease.

Veterinary medicine has made great strides in early detection and formulating medication to help treat early-stage presence of heartworms, but we can’t do it alone. You, as your pet’s advocate, are the key player on your pet’s healthcare team.

Here at CoastView Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are committed to keeping your pets protected from Heartworm Disease. They have chosen to carry prescription Interceptor Plus.

Interceptor Plus is indicated to help prevent Heartworm Disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis. Interceptor Plus also protects against adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum), adult roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), adult whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) and adult tapeworms (Taenia pisiformis, Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus).

Please feel free to chat with us, or your regular veterinarian, about Heartworm Disease, the different stages of heartworm infestation, what Interceptor Plus does and does not do, or about alternatives to Interceptor Plus. We’re here to help you keep your pets as happy and healthy as possible.

We’ve seen heartworm disease right here in San Diego. With the advances in veterinary medicine and affordable monthly treatments options, there is no reason any beloved pet should be at risk for advanced stage Heartworm Disease.

Here are more pet owner resources made available through the American Heartworm Society.

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