Heartworm Testing & Prevention

Heartworm disease in dogs is transmitted via mosquitoes and can eventually lead to heart failure in your pet. Treatment is very hard on your dog physically and emotionally, requiring strict confinement for months. It can also become a very costly disease to treat. The American Heartworm society recommends performing annual heartworm checks on all dogs, which can easily be done with a blood test at the clinic. Once you have obtained a negative test, your furry friend can easily be protected with a monthly heartworm preventative product. Cats are not the natural carriers of heartworms, but they can also be affected by the disease. In Tennessee, we recommend monthly prevention for every canine and feline in the household for the lifetime of your furry friend(s). The products that we carry include:

Revolution topical solution (Selamectin):

  • Cats 8 weeks and dogs 6 weeks and older monthly
  • Cats: Controls heartworms, fleas, roundworms/ hookworms, ear mites, and some tick species
  • Dogs: Controls heartworms and fleas

Advantage Multi topical solution (Imidacloprid+Moxidectin):

  • Cats 9 weeks and dogs 7 weeks and older monthly
  • Cats: Controls heartworms, fleas, roundworms/hookworms, ear mites
  • Dogs: Controls heartworms, fleas, roundworms/ hookworms/ whipworms, sarcoptic mange

Coraxis topical solution (Moxidectin):

  • Dogs 7 weeks and older
  • Dogs: Controls heartworms, roundworms/ hookworms/ and whipworms

Trifexis Tablets (Spinosad+Milbemycin oxime):

  • Dogs 8 weeks and older monthly
  • Controls: heartworms, fleas, roundworms/ hookworms/ whipworms, often will provide some tick protection
  • Use with caution in patients that have seizures

Interceptor Plus Chews (Milbemycin oxime/praziquantel):

  • Dogs 6 weeks and older monthly
  • Controls: heartworms, roundworms/ hookworms/ whipworms/ tapeworms

TriHeart Plus Tablets (Ivermectin/Pyrantel):

  • Dogs 6 weeks and older monthly
  • Controls: heartworms, roundworms/ hookworms

A great reference for heartworm disease is www.heartwormsociety.org. If you want to know more about the diagnostics, treatment, or prevention of heartworm disease, do not hesitate to call or come by to see us.