Do I really need to give my dog heart worm prevention every month?

Q. Do I really need to give my dog heart worm prevention every month?

A. Yes! Monthly heart worm medication works as a “reach back” treatment. This means that it is treating what your pet (dog and cat) has already been exposed to. It takes 3 consecutive months of treatment to kill any one exposure. That means that if your dog was bitten by a mosquito in October then it takes 1 pill once a month for November, December, and January to kill that infection. This is why your dog needs to take it EVERY month and throughout the year. Also, the medication protects your pet from intestinal parasites which can not only make your pet very sick but is infectious to people. Yuck!

Guest VET: Dr. Annie Price of Ormewood Animal Hospital

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