Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is a parasitic worm that is transmitted by mosquitos. Therefore all pets are at risk. Heartworm is more common in warmer climates, however it has spread to all states in Australia. Heartworm can be tested for in both dogs and cats by a simple blood test. However, prevention is better than a cure. Our preferred method of prevention is a simple yearly injection for your pet. There are several products available for oral or topical use, so please feel free to discuss your options with the Bong Bong Vet team.

Symptoms of heartworm in dogs

  • Dry, chronic cough
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty with exercise
  • Ascites (swelling of the abdomen)

Symptoms of heartworm in cats

  • Coughing
  • Gagging
  • Raspy breathing
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please make an appointment with us to have a heartworm blood test and discuss treatment options with your vet.

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