Important Facts about Heartworm

According to the American Heartworm Society, the average number of heartworm-positive dogs has gone up 21% nationwide.

If you think this is not a problem in our area, know that at Girard Veterinary Clinic alone, we have seen a 300% increase in heartworm positive pets from 2016 to 2017. This substantially increases the risk factor for all pets in the surrounding area as mosquitos continue to pass on the disease.

If left untreated, heartworms can cause irreversible damage and even death to pets. The treatment for heartworm is also hard on the animals (and the owners!). Keep in mind there is no treatment for heartworms in cats. The cost of preventing heartworm, 12 months a year, for the entire lifetime of your pet is LESS expensive than the the actual treatment!

We can not stress enough how important it is to keep your pets prevented. If you have any questions about heartworm, heartworm treatment, and/or heartworm preventative please ask us!

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Heartworms, fleas and ticks, oh my! You hear us say their names but how dangerous are they really?

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2806 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19130
TEL: 215.232.0831
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