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HEARTWORM AND INTESTINAL WORM PREVENTION

Heartworm and Intestinal worm prevention is very important for your pet 

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes. It lives in the bloodstream and heart pulmonary arteries of affected dogs, and causes weakening of the heart muscle. Prevention is important because the disease is potentially fatal and treatment can be expensive and dangerous!

Heartworm Prevention

All puppies should start heartworm prevention at around 12 weeks of age and need to continue prevention for their ENTIRE LIFE. Options for prevention include:

Heartworm injections (Proheart SR-12)

  • Given at 3 months, 6 months, then annually thereafter
  • If you think you are going to forget monthly treatments, then this is the best option!

Monthly tablets/chews or spot-ons

  • Interceptor or Sentinel
  • Advocate
  • Revolution
  • Heartgard
  • Panoramis
  • Milbemax

Kittens that live in a high mosquito area should also receive monthly heartworm prevention starting from around 12 weeks of age. Options for prevention include:

  • Revolution
  • Advocate
  • Milbemax

What Happens If I Miss A Treatment?

If you begin prevention after 5 months of age or have forgotten to give your dog regular heartworm prevention, there is a chance that your pet already has heartworm. We recommend performing a simple in-house blood test before beginning or re-commencing prevention.

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What Are Intestinal Worms?

Intestinal worms are parasites that are spread through the faeces of pets and are a very common problem in young dogs and cats. Their effects can include slow growth, anaemia, diarrhoea and vomiting, but many animals will also show no clinical signs that they are infected.

Regular worming of your pet is especially important if you have children, as they are more susceptible to catching worms from your dog. It is also important to remove droppings from the yard daily and to wash your hands after playing with your pet before meals.

Your pet should receive an all-wormer that kills:

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms

Please note that an all-wormer kills all intestinal worms but NOT heartworm. You must give additional prevention for heartworm.

We recommend the following intestinal worming protocol:

  • Fortnightly until 12 weeks old
  • Monthly until 6 months old
  • Then quarterly (every 3 months) for life
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If you have any questions about worming treatments, please call us today on 02 4954 7055 .

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