Heartworms have been found in all 50 states, but are most prevalent in the southeastern region of the United States, including Kentucky. Heartworms are transmitted from an infected dog to a healthy dog through mosquitoes. Once your pet is bitten, the heartworm transfers through the bloodstream and lays its eggs.
Sadly, pets rarely show symptoms until the disease is advanced. Treating heartworm disease is not only expensive but can be very hard on pets, requiring them to be confined for nearly three months in order to keep their heart rates low.
That’s why at Bell County Animal Clinic we believe so strongly in prevention. We carry numerous preventative medications that come in several forms such as pills and tasty chewables, and our doctors can advise which medication would be best for your pet and your budget.
Before starting heartworm medication, your pet will need to be tested to make sure they are free of infection. We utilize the most advanced testing kits available that require just a small amount of blood from your pet to check for the presence of heartworm proteins.
Have questions about heartworm prevention or want to schedule an appointment for your pet? Call us at (606) 657-0041.