By: Dr Laura Leautier 

We are also fortunate to have a fairly low incidence of heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.  But since heartworms (which are spaghetti-sized worms that live in the heart) are life-threatening, we recommend all dogs be on a monthly preventative.  Tasty Heartgard Plus chewables are easy to give, very safe, and have added protection against roundworms and hookworms.  Once again, because of our lack of humidity, hookworms are quite uncommon here, but roundworms are another matter.  Most puppies and kittens are born with them (they get them from their mother), so we routinely deworm puppies and kittens when they come in for their first exam and vaccines.  Dogs also pick them up from fecal-contaminated environments where other dogs and raccoons eliminate.  Roundworms can also be a serious problem in children, so we recommend Heartgard Plus even if you never see mosquitoes.

If you have an Iphone or an Android phone, Heartgard also makes an app! You can set monthly reminders of when it’s time to give your pet their Heartgard Plus! Also during 2012 Heartgard is offering a rebate special called 12.12.12. If you buy a 12 pack of Heartgard Plus, during the year of 2012, you will receive a rebate check for $12 (vs the normal $5).