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Individualized Flea And Heartworm Prevention

We recommend year round preventatives for flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Products will be chosen based on lifestyle of your pet.

Dogs:

For dogs we recommend either Heartgard and Nexgard for fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites, or Trifexis which is an all in one flea and heartworm preventative. We also have Revolution available which is a topical flea and heartworm preventative.

Cats:

For cats we recommend using Revolution which is a topical flea and heartworm preventative.

Why Heartworm Prevention is Important:

The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal's skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.

In the early stages of the heartworm disease, many dogs show few symptoms or no symptoms at all. The longer the infection persists, the more likely symptoms will develop. Active dogs, dogs heavily infected with heartworms, or those with other health problems often show pronounced clinical signs.

Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. This is called caval syndrome, and is marked by a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums, and dark bloody or coffee-colored urine. Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few dogs survive.

Signs of heartworm disease in cats can be very subtle or very dramatic. Symptoms may include coughing, asthma-like attacks, periodic vomiting, lack of appetite, or weight loss. Occasionally an affected cat may have difficulty walking, experience fainting or seizures, or suffer from fluid accumulation in the abdomen. Unfortunately, the first sign in some cases is sudden collapse of the cat, or sudden death.

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Dunwoody Veterinary Center

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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  • "Great Vets, great staff and awesome quality of care!! My dogs having been patients of Dunwoody Vet for 7 years and we have always had great experiences. One of my dogs is a senior and has multiple problems, all of the vets have gone above and beyond to help her stay comfortable. I recommend this clinic to everyone I know, you won't be disappointed!"
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  • "I am new to Dunwoody and was very nervous about taking my cat to a new vet. My cat saw Dr. Spivey and she was wonderful. Very thorough, great bedside manner, and she didn't try to get me to get any unnecessary tests or x-rays. I really liked her, front desk staff (that is rare for me), and the cleanliness of the facility. What a relief it was to find such a great place. And today, my cat is doing great because of their care. I plan on making them my vet for both of my cats."
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  • "I've been taking my dog, Higgins, here for several years now and would't dream of going anywhere else. The entire staff is friendly, knowledgeable and caring. I cannot say enough good things about them. If you're looking for a vet, you should definitely check them out."
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