At All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, we promote preventative veterinary medical practices. In other words, we want to keep your pets healthy by preventing them from getting sick. One illness that is all too common in Millbrook, Prattville, Elmore, and Autauga, Alabama is heartworm disease. This is one disease that we can definitely prevent through annual testing and following a preventive treatment program.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect indoor and outdoor companion pets, but the earlier it is detected, the better the chances that your pet will recover. Heartworm larvae are transmitted to healthy animals by mosquitoes that have bitten infected animals. Without the protection provided by a preventive treatment program, heartworms can eventually affect your pet's cardiovascular health.
If your pet’s test results come back negative, our veterinarians will start your pet on a preventive treatment that you will need to administer year-round for the rest of the animal’s life. These preventive medications come in several forms, including topical applications and tasty treats.
If you haven’t had your companion pet tested for heartworms, schedule an appointment today at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital. Our doctors and staff will work with you to determine the best heartworm preventative based on your pet’s individual lifestyle.