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ProHeart6 is now available at Falls Village!

As many of you know, we are in a high risk area for heartworm disease. This very real threat to the health of our beloved pets develops from microscopic larvae into worms up to a foot long. They live in the circulatory system and cause damage to the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Untreated, a dog may become the host for several hundred of these worms. Physical blockage of the heart and blood vessels can occur, resulting in death. The worms sometimes migrate outside of the circulatory system, causing direct damage to other organs. While there is a drug to treat heartworms in dogs, there is nothing that can reverse the damage that has been caused by their presence. Permanent scarring of organs can continue to affect the dog’s health and shorten its life.

These parasites are transmitted by mosquitoes which can be present in an area year-round. There are many different species, each with differing ranges of cold tolerance. Studies have also shown that some species can successfully survive over the winter completely indoors.

Fortunately, we can protect our pets by giving them heartworm prevention. Many of these must be given every month, which can lead to incomplete coverage. Even the best pet owners may forget a dose here or there. Sometimes pets can spit out the medication when they aren’t being watched. Some pets are reluctant to take their prevention, which can lead to frustration.

Now at Falls Village, we are offering ProHeart6, the only 6-month heartworm preventative. This injectable medication can be given to healthy dogs with a negative heartworm test.

Talk to your veterinarian about whether ProHeart6 is right for you and your dog!

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