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:
Advantage 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