Heartworms are blood parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the heart and lungs and can cause coughing or sudden death. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states, including here in Massachusetts. Treatment for heartworm disease is lengthy, expensive, and dangerous, but prevention is very easy with a once-a-month flavored chewable tablet.
The product we carry here is called Interceptor Plus which protects your dog from heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and adult tapeworms. We recommend yearly testing for heartworms beginning at one year of age. The heartworm test also tests for three tick-borne diseases.