Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, and both dogs and cats (even indoor cats) are at risk in Indiana. Heartworm disease can be easily prevented by giving a simple monthly medication, however. Year-round treatment is recommended.

Dogs:

Dogs should have a blood test each spring (usually in March or April). We have several options available for blood testing; just ask any staff member about the various testing options. We offer the following products for heartworm prevention; if you aren't sure which one best suits your needs, we will be happy to offer assistance:

Interceptor Plus: Flavored tablet given once monthly. Prevents heartworm and controls intestinal worms (roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm).

Sentinel: Flavored tablet given once monthly. Prevents heartworm and controls intestinal worms (roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm). Contains a second ingredient to aid with flea control. While Sentinel does not kill adult fleas, it prevents flea eggs from developing, thereby breaking the flea life cycle. Give with a meal.

Advantage Multi: Topical liquid applied to the back of the neck once monthly. Prevents heartworm and kills adult fleas. Also kills intestinal parasites (roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm).

Trifexis: Flavored tablet given once monthly. Prevents heartworm, controls intestinal worms (roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm), and kills adult fleas. Safe in puppies 14 weeks of age and older. Give with a meal.

Cats:

Cats do not require an annual blood test.  Even indoor cats are at risk and should be treated with preventative medication year-round. We offer the following products for heartworm prevention; if you aren't sure which one best suits your needs, we will be happy to offer assistance:

Heartgard for Cats: Flavored tablet given once monthly. Prevents heartworm and kills intestinal hookworms.

Revolution: Topical liquid applied to the back of the neck once monthly. Prevents heartworm and kills adult fleas and their eggs. Also kills ear mites and intestinal roundworm and hookworm.