Heartworm Testing

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Heartworm Testing & Treatment

in the Hamptons and East End of Long Island

At Westhampton Beach Animal Hospital, we prioritize the health and well-being of your pet. That's why we highly recommend annual heartworm testing for dogs, even those on regular heartworm protection. As part of your pet's regular wellness exam, we will perform this important test to ensure your pet's continued protection against heartworm disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a grave condition that can lead to severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage, and even death in dogs and cats. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Ensuring your pet is protected against heartworm disease is crucial to their overall health and well-being.

How often should my pet be tested for heartworms?

Dogs and cats should be tested for heartworms on an annual basis.

Does my pet still need to be tested for heartworms if on a monthly heartworm preventative?

Yes. Heartworm preventatives are highly effective, but dogs and cats can still become infected.
It’s also important to note that continuing to test dogs and cats on a yearly basis while they are on monthly heartworm prevention is crucial, as heartworm medication can be dangerous if administered to a pet that is already positive for heartworm disease. Regular testing allows us to catch any potential heartworm infection early and take appropriate steps to protect your pet's health. 

Can I help prevent heartworm disease in my pets?

Yes, indeed! The most effective way to prevent heartworm disease in your pets is by regularly and appropriately administering preventive medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. Furthermore, it's essential to prioritize yearly wellness exams for your pets and take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquitos, which are the primary carriers of heartworm disease. 

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