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Heartworm Prevention


Image: New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue & Adoption The only way to reliably protect your dog from heartworm disease is to give preventative each and every month.

There is no "natural" or wholistic treatment that will prevent your dog from developing heartworm disease if he is bitten by an infected mosquito. Nuring babies do not get immunity from their mother's milk. Dogs in all 50 of the United States are at risk for contracting heartworm disease.

You can NOT protect your dog from getting heartworms by:
    - Vaccinations
    - Keeping your house or yard clean
    - Not letting your dog drink from streams or gutters
    - Only letting your dog outside a few minutes a day
    - Using mosquito repellent on your dog

A single heartworm preventative dose once a month will kill any heartworm larvae deposited by mosquitoes into the bloodstream before they can mature and invade the heart and lungs. The form of heartworm preventative is either a small, easy-to-swallow pill, a tasty chew, or (if a combo product with flea preventative) a topical liquid to apply between the dog's shoulder blades. The monthly cost of heartworm preventative, depending on brand, size of dog, quantity purchased, and purchase source, is typically $1.50 - $20.00. The most common brands of heartworm preventative are:
    - Interceptor (milbemycin)
    - Heartgard (ivermectin)
    - Revolution (selamectin) (heartworm/flea preventative combo)
    - Sentinel (milbemycin) (heartworm/flea preventative combo)



Overview of Heartworm Disease
What Is Heartworm Infection
How Heartworm Infection is Diagnosed
How Heartworm Infection is Treated

For More Information about heartworms, go to the American Heartworm Society website or to The Pet Center.

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