Your dog deserves protection against heartworms – and it's easy to do.
Heartworm disease can affect dogs anywhere. The disease
has spread to every corner of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of cases are reported
every year1. Heartworm disease can be prevented by administering an effective
heartworm preventive year-round. Protecting your dog against heartworms and heartworm
disease can be convenient, simple, and affordable.
How can heartworm disease be prevented?
Pet owners can use HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel), the #1
veterinarian-recommended preventive available for dogs2 to help prevent
heartworm disease. In an unprotected dog, heartworm larvae, transmitted by a bite
from an infected mosquito, mature and migrate to the heart. Year-round treatment
is recommended by the American
Heartworm Society and the Companion
Animal Parasite Council3.
Why shouldn't I wait and see if my dog develops heartworm disease? Can't my veterinarian
just treat it?
It's important to understand that heartworm disease has usually reached an advanced
stage by the time your dog shows signs of illness, and it is possible that the dog
may never show signs of an infection. Treatment is risky, expensive, and may not
be effective. The approved treatment involves the use of a product containing arsenic,
your dog will be kept inactive during treatment, and you will have to keep your
dog inactive for weeks afterward – and despite these measures, treatment may
not be successful.
Click here to learn more about why heartworm disease
prevention is the most sensible way to protect your dog's health.
How does my dog get heartworms?
Learning about how heartworms are transmitted will help you understand why it is
important to protect your dog from becoming infected. Point to each illustration
on the diagram below to learn more.