Veterinary Services

Pet Heartworm Testing and Prevention at Northview Animal Hospital in Albuquerque, NM

Protect your furry friend from the dangers of heartworm disease with the trusted testing and prevention services at Northview Animal Hospital.

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms that can infect your pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, making it a prevalent concern in many regions, including Albuquerque. Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable with regular testing and preventive medication.

The Importance of Heartworm Testing

Regular heartworm testing is crucial for early detection of the disease. Even if your pet is on preventive medication, testing is still necessary as no preventive is 100% effective. Our veterinarians recommend annual heartworm testing for all pets, including those on preventives, to ensure they are free from infection. Early detection allows for prompt treatment and better outcomes.

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Pet Heartworm Prevention

Prevention is key when it comes to heartworm disease. At Northview Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of preventive medications that are safe, effective, and easy to administer. These medications work by killing the immature heartworm larvae that your pet may have been exposed to, preventing the development of adult worms.

Our team of veterinarians will recommend the most suitable preventive medication based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health status. Whether it’s a chewable tablet, a topical solution, or an injectable, we have options that cater to your pet’s needs.

Signs of Heartworm Disease

While prevention is the best approach, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heartworm disease:

  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced appetite

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, contact us immediately for testing and evaluation.

Our Approach to Heartworm Prevention

At Northview Animal Hospital, we prioritize your pet’s health and safety through a comprehensive approach to heartworm prevention.

  • Personalized Recommendations: We recognize that every pet is unique, and their preventive care should reflect their individual needs. Our experienced veterinarians carefully assess your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health to recommend the most suitable preventive medication, whether it’s a chewable tablet, topical solution, or injectable.
  • Year-Round Protection: Ensuring year-round heartworm prevention is vital for your pet’s health and safety. In Albuquerque, where mosquitoes can be active throughout the year, it’s essential to maintain continuous heartworm prevention to safeguard your pet. 
  • Convenient Administration: Administering preventive medications should be hassle-free. That’s why we provide various administration methods, such as chewable tablets, topical solutions, and injectables, making it easy for you to protect your pet’s health.

By following our personalized recommendations and ensuring year-round protection, you provide your pet with the best defense against heartworm disease. Contact Northview Animal Hospital to discuss the ideal preventive plan for your furry companion.