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Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs and cats via infected mosquitoes.  To protect against heartworm disease our veterinarian at Birdneck Animal Hospital recommends a monthly preventative be given to both dogs and cats. 

Once an infected mosquito bites a dog or cat, microscopic larvae will migrate and find their way into the bloodstream, eventually maturing and staying in the heart and lungs.

Heartworm prevention is safe and easy. While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so it is imperative that disease prevention measures be taken for cats.

Our animal hospital carries a variety of heartworm prevention products, many of which contain other ingredients that are effective against certain intestinal worms (such as roundworms and hookworms) and other parasites (such as fleas and ear mites).

Virginia Beach Veterinarian | Birdneck Animal Hospital
508 North Birdneck Rd Suite C
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 355-5694