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Heartworm Testing and Treatment

The doctors at the Animal Hospital of Orange Grove can perform accurate testing to determine your dog’s heartworm status while you wait. A blood test that identifies antigen produced by heartworms can tell our doctors right away if your dog is heartworm positive.

If your dog is identified as heartworm positive, there is good news in that an effective treatment is available. Your dog can be treated with a drug that will kill the adult heartworms that have infected your dog. This treatment is generally safe and the outcome is normally very favorable for an infected dog.

The best and most effective way to deal with heartworms is to prevent them. For our feline friends, prevention is the only option available, as there is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats. The Animal Hospital of Orange Grove has several heartworm preventative options including oral tablets and topical solutions that can be applied to the back of your pet’s neck. Prevention is always less expensive and more effective than treatment of heartworm disease. See below our list of prevention products!

The best and most effective way to deal with heartworms is to prevent them. For our feline friends, prevention is the only option available, as there is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats. The Animal Hospital of Orange Grove has several heartworm preventative options including oral tablets, an injectable product, as well as topical solutions that can be applied to the back of your pet’s neck. Prevention is always less expensive and more effective than treatment of heartworm disease.

Call our team members at 228-832-6360 to have your pet tested for heartworm disease. One of our experienced veterinarians can advise you of the best heartworm preventative for the life of your dog or cat.

Here is a list of all the heartworm preventions we carry:

Trifexis (for dogs)– This is called the all in one preventive. An oral tablet given once a month protects against heartworms, fleas, and intestinal parasites including hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.

Heartgard (for dogs)–This chewy oral tablet given once a month protects against heartworms and intestinal parasites including hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms and has a flavor most dogs will readily eat.

Interceptor (for dogs)–This oral tablet given once a month protects against heartworms and intestinal parasites including hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.

Revolution (for dogs and cats)– This topical solution applied to the back of the neck once a month protects against heartworms, fleas, intestinal parasites including hookworms and roundworms, and ear mites.

Below is a map that depicts the most "infected" regions of the country in terms of heartworm disease. As you can see, the southeast is by far the most affected by heartworm disease, and Gulfport sits almost in the reddest portion. This is why it is so important to keep your pets on prevention year round!



Check out this video about our all-in-one prevention, Trifexis!