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Heart-worm Injections

The importance of protecting your furry family members from heart-worm disease. Our heart-worm injection service offers a convenient and effective solution for preventing this potentially life-threatening condition in dogs.

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What is Heart-worm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms that can infect dogs and, in some cases, cats. These worms, known as Dirofilaria immitis, are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Once inside the body, the worms can grow and multiply, causing damage to the heart, lungs, and blood vessels.

Why Choose Heart-worm Injections?

Heart-worm injections offer several advantages over traditional monthly preventative medications:

  • Convenience: With heartworm injections, you don’t have to worry about remembering to administer monthly pills or topical treatments. A single injection protects against heartworm disease for up to six months, making it a convenient option for busy pet owners.
  • Effectiveness: Heartworm injections are highly effective at preventing heartworm disease when administered according to the recommended schedule. By ensuring your dog receives their injection on time, you can significantly reduce their risk of infection.
  • Peace of Mind: By choosing heartworm injections, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pet is protected against heartworm disease year-round. This can help alleviate the stress and worry associated with remembering to administer monthly preventative medications.

Our Heart-worm Injection Service

At Hope Island Vet Surgery, our experienced veterinarians provide compassionate care and personalised treatment plans for every pet. Our heartworm injection service includes:

  • Pre-injection screening to ensure your pet is healthy and free from existing heartworm infection.
  • Administration of a safe and effective heartworm prevention injection tailored to your dog’s size and weight.
  • Guidance on the importance of annual heartworm testing and regular preventative care to maintain your pet’s health and well-being.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with heart-worm injections?

While heart-worm injections are generally safe, some dogs may experience mild side effects such as soreness at the injection site or lethargy. Serious adverse reactions are rare but can occur. Our veterinarians will discuss any potential risks with you before administering the injection.

Can cats receive heart-worm injections, or is this service only available for dogs?

Heart-worm injections are currently only approved for use in dogs and are not recommended for cats. Cats require a different approach to heart-worm prevention, typically through monthly topical or oral medications.

How often does my dog need to receive a heart-worm injection?

Heart-worm injections typically protect for up to one year, so your dog will need to receive an injection yearly to maintain continuous protection against heart-worm disease. 

What should I do if my pet reacts to a flea, tick, or worm prevention treatment?

If your pet reacts to a preventative treatment, such as excessive itching, redness, or vomiting, discontinue use immediately and contact our clinic for further guidance. Our veterinarians can assess the situation and recommend alternative treatments if necessary.


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Protect Your Pet Today

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your pet from the dangers of heart-worm disease with our heart-worm injection service at Hope Island Vet Surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards ensuring your pet’s long-term health and happiness.