Heartworm Prevention with our Salt Lake City Veterinarians
At Cottonwood Animal Hospital, our Salt Lake City veterinarians consider your pet's health and wellness as a top priority. Our full service animal hospital is able to offer a wide range of services for pets in the following areas of town: Cottonwood Heights, Murray, Sandy, and Midvale. In addition to our preventative and wellness services, we also offer pet emergency care both during our regular hours and after hours.
One of the most common preventative services we provide in our office is that of heartworm prevention! If your pet is not currently on a heartworm prevention medication, we strongly encourage you to speak with our veterinarian for a recommendation.
The Importance of Heartworm Prevention for Your Pet
Heartworm is a parasite that can have serious consequences for your pet's health, which is why it's important to take as many precautions against it as possible. Specifically, heartworm refers to a parasite that is most often transmitted through mosquito bites but can be contracted from other insect bites as well. This parasite can grow several inches long around your pet's heart and can have serious consequences on your pet's cardiovascular health. Other organs can also be affected by heartworm—and the longer your pet goes undiagnosed, the more serious the complications can become. In dogs and cats alike, heartworm can eventually prove fatal.
How Our Vet Can Help With Your Pet's Heartworm Prevention
The good news is that our vet can help you make sure your pet is protected against heartworm. We strongly recommend that all pets (including indoor cats) be placed on a heartworm prevention medication, of which there are many to choose from. Most pet owners find that they prefer a monthly oral heartworm pill that they can give to their pet directly or crush up to incorporate into their pet's food. However, our veterinarian would be happy to review other options that may better suit your pet and your lifestyle.
If your pet hasn't been tested for heartworm in the past year, we may also recommend a test to check for heartworm before we place your pet on a preventative. If your pet does test positive for heartworm, we can begin treatment right away and continue testing for it until it is completely out of your pet's system.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Vet in Cottonwood Height Today
If your pet needs to be put on a heartworm prevention medication, or if you have questions about your pet's prevention option, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Salt Lake City vet today. You can reach Cottonwood Animal Hospital by giving us a call at (801) 278-0505. We're available weekend and holiday hours to suit your needs!