Heartworm Prevention

The Proheart 12 Injection Simplifies Heartworm Prevention

Proheart 12 injection makes heartworm prevention easier than ever. Instead of giving your dog a once-a-month pill, you now have the option to have the veterinarian give your dog a single dose of medication that prevents heartworm for up to a year. 

We at Clearwater Animal Clinic are pleased to offer pet parents the opportunity to protect their dogs from the dangers of heartworm with one simple preventative shot. Here is a look at the Proheart 12 injection and how it works against heartworms.

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Why You Need to Stop Heartworms in Their Tracks

Heartworms are a type of parasite carried by mosquitoes and transmitted into dogs via a bite. The mosquito transmits the parasite into a dog when it is in a stage known as microfilariae. The microfiliae develop into larvae over the next two weeks and develop into adults over the span of six to seven months. The adults then mate, and the resulting offspring circulate through the dog's bloodstream. 

The adult heartworms reside in the chambers of a dog's heart and grow over time while slowly affecting the function of the heart. Heartworms can block bloodflow, enlarge the heart, cause heart failure and make it harder for a dog to breathe normally. 

What Happens When My Dog has Heartworm?

Heartworm does not have to be a fatal diagnosis. If you suspect your dog has heartworm and has never been treated, call us at Clearwater Animal Clinic for an appointment with the veterinarian. The vet will examine your dog, run tests for heartworm and prescribe a plan of treatment. Anti-heartworm medications are effective at killing off heartworm and preventing re-infection. Even if your dog does not have heartworm, you need to prevent the parasite from taking hold with medication. There are many options on the market, but Proheart 12 is different in that it is injected once a year instead of monthly or quarterly. 

How the Proheart 12 Injection Works

Proheart 12 (moxidectin) is a single shot of medication that works over a span of 12 months. The medication is designed to release a full dose every month it is circulating in your dog's bloodstream. Your dog gets full protection against heartworm and you do not have to remember to give your dog a monthly dose. Proheart 12 is designed for both convenience and effective protection that you do not have to worry about. It is simple and easy for a veterinarian to administer in one visit. 

Call Us Today to Learn More About the Proheart 12 Injection for Dogs

At Clearwater Animal Clinic, we offer the Proheart 12 injection for heartworm prevention. Call us today for an appointment to see our veterinarian and discuss the benefits of the treatment. 

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