Does My Dog Need Heartworm Prevention?

Yes, all dogs should have some type of heartworm prevention program going on in their life. Most dogs will be started on a heartworm prevention program when they reach at least 6 months old. If you’ve just adopted or purchased a dog, call your vet and schedule a first time visit. At this exam your vet will get to know your dog. He should also test your dog for heartworms. If your dog tests negative then he can be placed on a routine heartworm prevention program. Heartworm prevention medications are usually in pill form and can be swallowed or chewed. The pills should be given once a month all year long including in the winter. All dogs are at risk for heartworms. If your dog gets sick after taking a pill then report it to your San Antonio, TX vet in case the dosage needs to be changed.  


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