There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, heartworm and intestinal worms. Please see our intestinal worm page for more information.
Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes, so you pet does not even need to be in contact with other pets to become infected! In the earlystages of infection there may be no visible signs, however, infection may eventually lead to signs of heart failure (reluctance to exercise, lethargy,coughing) and even death. Heartworm is present throughout most of Australia(except Tasmania and arid areas).
Thankfully, heartworm is very easy to prevent and should form part of your pet health care routine. We have very effective preventative treatment options available. If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention we strongly recommend a heartworm test prior to starting a prevention program, followed by a repeat test 6 months after commencing. This test only requires a small sample of blood and can be easily performed while you wait.
We will discuss with you at annual vaccinations about heartworm prevention. If you are concerened your pet is not on any heartworm prevention or you are unsure please call us or stop in at the clinic. Puppies should start heartworm prevention from twelve weeks of age, however some products commerically available can be started from as young as six weeks of age.
Please call us to discuss the best heartworm prevention for your pet.