Heartworm preventatives are available in three main forms: injectable, chewable and topical. Discuss your options with your veterinarian to determine which is best for your pet’s health and your lifestyle. Below are some of the preventative options carried at Golf Rose.
Signs of heartworm disease in dogs may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, your dog may develop heart failure.
Signs of heartworm disease in cats can be very subtle or very dramatic. Symptoms may include coughing, asthma-like attacks, periodic vomiting, lack of appetite, or weight loss.
If your dog or cat is showing signs of heartworm disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. Although the news may be devastating, heartworm-positive dogs can usually undergo treatment. Discuss your options with your veterinarian. Your treatment plan will include killing the adult heartworms as well as a time of restricted activity to avoid any complications as the worms die and potentially block blood flow in your dog’s pulmonary vessels.
Although treatment can be strenuous for your dog and expensive for you, there is hope. As part of your plan, your dog will be back on heartworm preventative. Discuss your options with your veterinarian to find something that will work for you and your pet – prevention is easier and less expensive than treatment, and it can save your pet’s life.
Topical - Revolution (Canine & Feline)
Topical treatments are applied monthly to your pet’s skin and are best for pets who will sit still during the application and while the liquid dries. Topical preventatives should also be given on or about the same day every month. Always read the included instructions and speak to your vet before administering medications.
Chewable - COMBINED PROTECTION: Simparica TRIO (Canine only)
Reduce the number of preventatives your pet has to take by switching to Simparica TRIO. This monthly chewable protects your dog against heartworm disease, ticks, fleas, roundworms and hookworms. It's an affordable option to fight some of the most dangerous parasites, plus there are less reminders you need to set!
Interceptor Plus is a tasty chew which prevents heartworm disease and controls intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Give every 30 days.
Chewable - Interceptor Plus and Sentinel Plus (Canine only) & Heartgard (Canine & Feline)
Interceptor Plus & Sentinel Plus are both chewable preventatives that your dog takes like a treat once a month. A similar chewable is Heartgard. With these, it is important that you set a reminder for yourself to give your pet his medicine on or about the same day every month. This will help with continuous protection. Always read the included instructions and speak to your vet before administering medications.
Heartworm disease is a serious, potentially fatal illness passed to dogs and cats by mosquitos. Although dogs and cats that spend a lot of time outside are at a higher risk, it only takes a single bite for your pet to get infected. Once an infected mosquito bites your pet, the heartworms grow into adults, living in your pet’s major vessels around the heart and, in severe cases, inside the heart itself.
Revolution for Cats protects from heartworms and treats and controls fleas, ear mites, roundworms and hookworms. There is no approved treatment to kill adult heartworms in cats, so prevention is critical.
Revolution for Dogs is a topical liquid which prevents flea and heartworm infections and controls ear mites, sarcoptic mange and American dog ticks.
Sentinel Spectrum prevents heartworm disease and controls fleas. Each tasty chew also treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Give every 30 days. Sentinel prevents flea eggs from hatching, but does not help treat adult flea infestations. We recommend pairing Sentinel with a flea preventative that also kills adult fleas.
Injectable - ProHeart 12 (Canine only)
ProHeart 12 is an injectable heartworm preventative that gives you peace of mind by providing 12 months of heartworm disease protection for your dog. With only one injection needed per year, you do not need to worry about forgetting to give your pet his medicine ever again.
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