Important Notice Regarding Heartworm and Flea & Tick Prevention!
We have recently been notified by the American Heartworm Society, that the treatment drug for heartworm-positive dogs is no longer available in the USA!
- It is not known if or when the drug will be available again.
- Dogs are at greater risk of dying from this preventable disease.
Year-round heartworm prevention has been nationally advocated for many years, since the heartworm preventatives cover not only heartworm, but also prevent many intestinal parasites. These parasites are commonly found in the environment even during the coldest winter months. Some of those intestinal parasites can be transmitted to humans, especially young children, and may cause major health issues. Therefore, keeping our dogs on year-round heartworm prevention has important health benefits to both dogs and their humans.
Please also note that since this winter has been a very mild one, we have seen tick attachments on pets even in January! Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and are active any time the environmental temperatures go above 40 F. With the mild winter and spring approaching, it is advised to keep our dogs on a year-round flea and tick prevention as well.
We will be happy to discuss these current recommendations with you and help find the best prevention approach to suit your pet’s needs.