Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and occurs throughout most parts of Australia. Adult heartworms which can reach 25cm in length, live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs, interfering with circulation and damaging tissues.
Heartworm disease is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease which affects thousands of dogs each year. Left undiagnosed or untreated, heartworm disease can lead to heart failure and death of your pet.
Heartworm disease is typically not recognised until the disease is quite advanced. Common signs of clinical heartworm disease include coughing, shortness of breath, weakness, weight loss and listlessness.
Whilst heartworm disease is an extremely difficult disease to treat, it is very simple to prevent with the help of EXELPET™ products.
Heartworm prevention is recommended from six weeks of age. In situations where a heartworm infestation has already occurred and prevention commences, there is a risk of an adverse reaction with any heartworm preventative. We recommend a heartworm test carried out by your veterinarian if your dog is over the age of seven months and heartworm prevention has not yet commenced.
Heartworm prevention is recommended regularly at monthly intervals from six weeks of age, and continued all year-round.