Here at the Harvard Veterinary Clinic, a blood test for heartworm is included as part of a complete pet wellness exam. The return of the heartworm blood test results determines the next step in heartworm prevention with regards to weather or not Sienna the dog (shown in this video) is able to get started on a heartworm preventative. The preventative is maintained on a monthly basis all year long (depending on the owner’s preference). Most of the heartworm preventatives that we have (at our clinic) and recommend for use also control internal parasites. Some of them control fleas (like Novartis Sentinel). In this YouTube video, Dr. Costello advises that flea control should be administered throughout the year. During that same time, using the heartworm preventative is crucial for the summer months.
Heartworm prevention pills that are purchased online are NOT guaranteed.
The pill peddlers that appear on TV leave out the FACT that the drug company does NOT pay if something goes wrong and if your dog needs treatment for heartworm disease. However, if your pet gets sick under OUR care, the drug company WILL pay us to heal your dog. The cost for treating a dog (or cat) for heartworm disease often exceeds ,000.
Heartworm prevention pills FIRST need a heartworm test.
The pill peddlers that appear on TV leave out the FACT that you MUST test your pet for heartworm disease on a annual basis BEFORE giving your pet heartworm pills. If you give your pet heartworm pills to an already heartworm-infected pet, you may actually KILL the pet.
Heartworm prevention pills that are purchased online do NOT lower your pet care costs.
The pill peddlers that appear on TV leave out the FACT that the profits from the sale of prescription drugs offset the other costs. This is really a “zero-sum” game. If the veterinarian loses money from the sale of prescription drugs, the veterinarian must add money to the price of the services in order to make up for the losses. Your local veterinarian has made a BIG investment in a REAL brick-and-mortar health care facility instead of making a BIG investment in TV-ads.