Which Heartworm Prevention Is Best For Your Pet?

Posted In: Canine Health & Wellness, Heartworm Disease

By now you know that year-round heartworm preventative is necessary, but did you know you have options when it comes to protecting your pet? Our veterinarians will work with you to find the best product for you and your pet. Here are some of our favorites:

ProHeart® 6 is a great option for pet parents who find it hard or tend to forget to give their pet monthly preventative. It is an injection administered under the skin like a vaccination and is given by your veterinarian every six months. It is for dogs six months and older.

ProHeart® 12 is also an injection, but it is given just once every 12 months, providing a full year of heartworm protection. It is for dogs 12 months and older. If you opt for ProHeart 6 or 12, we will send you reminders to schedule your next appointment so you don’t miss an injection.

Interceptor® Plus is a monthly chew that protects dogs and puppies six weeks or older (or two pounds or more) against heartworm disease, hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, and whipworm infections. If you are good at remembering to give the preventive on the same day each month, Interceptor Plus is a great option.

Occasionally pet parents tell us the cost of purchasing preventative can be too expensive. That is why we are excited to offer the FDA-approved generic heartworm prevention MilbeGuard®! The beef flavored tablets, which are given monthly to dogs and cats, prevent heartworm disease, and they control hookworms and roundworms. Additionally MilbeGuard treats whipworms in dogs.

ProHeart, Interceptor, and MilbeGuard have manufacturer rebates available to help pet parents save money. This means that your pet can be protected from heartworm disease all year, and you can enjoy the extra cash in your wallet!

If you are still on the fence about the importance of giving your pet continuous heartworm prevention, check out some of these fast facts from the American Heartworm Society:

  1. More than a million pets in the U.S. have heartworm disease.
  2. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
  3. Both dogs and cats get heartworm disease.
  4. Heartworm disease can be fatal.
  5. Prevention is safe, effective, and cost-effective.

It takes just one mosquito bite to infect your pet, and it isn’t unheard of to find mosquitos during the winter months. The cost to treat heartworm disease can cost $1500-$1800, and it is a long, painful process to recover. Therefore, prevention is key.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.