Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition of parasitic worms living in the arteries of an animal’s lungs or the right side of its heart. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. It is particularly endemic in the southern regions of the United States.
Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive. Our Veterinarians recommend a monthly oral preventative called Tri-Heart Plus. This chewable treat disrupts the lifecycle of the heartworm, preventing it from ever reaching its adult form. It also includes a de-wormer to keep your pet free from hookworm and roundworm.
RiverWoods Pet Hospital recommends year-round lifelong heartworm prevention. At the very least, your dog should be on a heartworm preventative during the danger months of May through October. A heartworm test is recommended prior to using a preventative in animals that are older than six months and those that are not on a year-round preventative program.