Why Should I Test My Dog for Heartworm?

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Why should I test my dog for heartworm?

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Many people believe that if their dog is on heartworm preventative year-round, they do need to have their dog’s blood tested annually for heartworm disease.  This could be a big mistake.  There is always a possibility of missing a monthly dose or the dog vomiting a dose and their owner not realizing it.  The result would mean no protection for an entire month.

Recently, there has been discovered a heartworm strain in the South showing resistance to heartworm medications.  Though our area appears unaffected, heartworm testing may be more important than ever.

Treating a dog that already has the disease is effective, but is also expensive and can be dangerous.  It is infinitely better to protect your dog with a heartworm preventative than to subject them to treatment after they acquire the disease.  Don’t forget to give heartworm medications!

For a heart worm blood test or to schedule an examination, please call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330) 650-2929.