Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm prevention is vital to the long term health of the pets in our community. Heartworm disease is endemic in North Carolina, including Garner, a year around protection is recommended to prevent infection. Heartworm larva are spread by mosquito bites which can occur whether a patient is outdoors or indoors. Once infected the larvae travel to the heart where the grown into large worms which affect blood flow through the heart and can lead to heart disease and death. Monthly heartworm preventatives kill circulating larvae in the blood stream before they can develop in adult worms and cause disease.

Because preventative medication can be dangerous and even deadly to animals that are infected with adult heartworms, yearly testing for heartworms is required to purchase prevention.

At AMC of Garner we offer the following preventatives:

10765_001_xxlHeartgard Plus (dogs)– a beef flavored chew containing Ivermectin and Pyrantel which, when given by mouth once monthly, protects against heartworms, hookworms and roundworms

sentinelSentinel (dogs)– a pork flavored chewable tablet containing Milbemycin and Lufenuron which, when given by mouth once monthly, protects against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and fleas

advantage multiAdvantage Multi (dogs)– a topical liquid containing Moxidectin and Imidacloprid that is absorbed through the skin and protects and protects against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, fleas and mites

revolutionRevolution (cats) – a topical liquid containing Selamectin that is absorbed through the skin and protects against heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, fleas and mites