Canine Heartworm Life Cycle

What is heartworm?
Heart worm is a parasite that lives in an animal’s heart and blood vessels. It is spread through mosquito bites. Signs of heartworm includes coughing, fatigue and weight loss. Heartworm is common in southwestern Ontario. Click here for a Canine Vector-Borne Disease Prevalence Map to see how common heartworm and other disease are where you live.

Why does my pet need a heartworm test every year?

Unless your dog is on heartworm prevention year round or a puppy under 6 months of age, they will require a heartworm test prior to being prescribed heartworm preventative. If an animal does not receive heartworm prevention for a period of time there is a chance they have contracted heartworm disease. Giving heartworm prevention to a heartworm positive dog can cause illness or even death.

What types of heartworm preventatives do you carry?
We carry a variety of heartworm preventatives that include topical medications, flavoured pills and chewy treats. They all have other varying benefits that include: flea, tick, mite and internal parasite prevention.

Does my cat need heartworm prevention?
Cats are less susceptible to heartworm and it is more difficult to test for. We do carry Revolution, a heartworm preventative for cats.

Why does my pet need a flea preventative?
Prevention for fleas is much easier to deal with then an infestation. Animals generally will come into contact with fleas during the warmer months from spring to fall. Besides being bothersome, fleas can cause severe skin reactions , anemia and also transmit other internal parasites.

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Bishopgate Animal Hospital
425 Hespeler Road, UNIT #5
Cambridge , ON

Tel: +1 (519) 621 8800 Fax: +1 (519) 621 8807
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