Here at Blue Lake Animal Hospital, we create innovative care strategies founded on proven veterinary techniques to keep your pet healthy. One of the best methods is to prevent health problems from occurring in the first place, and so we approach your pet’s wellness with their current and future needs in mind. Heartworm medicine is a highly effective way to prevent heartworms, which can cause significant health complications in not only dogs but also cats, ferrets and many other animals. As such, understanding how to properly administer this medication is key to your pet’s long-term wellbeing.
You might believe that your pet isn’t at risk for heartworms in the winter. But even though mosquitoes hibernate in the winter, that doesn’t mean that the risk is zero. Mosquitoes are much more resilient than many people realize. While Michigan can have very cold, wet winters, some mosquitoes are known to survive and potentially bite your animal. No matter how small the risk may seem, the best option is to play it safe and give your pet heartworm medicine throughout the year, even in the winter.
Additionally, heartworms are a common parasite that affects adult dogs just as much as puppies. Since mosquito season varies each year, there’s no way to be completely certain that you’re in the clear, if at all. This is true for other animals at risk of parasitic infection, including indoor cats.
Mosquitoes that carry the heartworm parasite are very widespread, and without taking preventative steps, your pet can catch them relatively easily. Heartworms lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, can block blood flow and potentially cause heart failure. Despite that, the symptoms can be subtle and nondescriptive. Watch out for the following:
Additionally, from a logistics standpoint, heartworm treatment is much more expensive than preventative medication. Heartworms can lead to unprecedented medical costs and unnecessary suffering on your animal’s part. By investing in your pet’s health now, you are protecting their future.
In order to prevent heartworms, all cats and dogs should take monthly medication starting when they are 8 weeks old. The medications we provide at our veterinary hospital are macrocyclic lactones, which are very safe and highly effective. If your pet ends up infected for any reason, we will deliver immediate treatment to quickly solve the problem.
The bottom line is that dogs and other animals need heartworm medicine year-round. While heartworms may sound scary, they are easy to prevent thanks to modern medication. Our veterinarians are happy to provide additional information about heartworm prevention and treatment. If you have questions regarding your pet’s specific needs, or if you’d like to get a prescription for heartworm medicine, contact Blue Lake Animal Hospital for an appointment.
Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.
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Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.
Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.
Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.
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We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
I love Blue Lake Animal Hospital. No matter how busy they are, they always take the time to help care for my Daisy dog. Everyone there is so nice and caring. Thank you! You are the best !!
The new ownership is great. We have used this facility for years. I highly recommend them.
Dr. Will and the staff at Blue Lake Animal hospital are phenomenal. They have taken wonderful care of my cats over the past year. Dr. Will is an extremely knowledgeable and competent vet. He always takes the time to listen to your questions and concerns. He gives thoughtful…
They are so caring and personal and even do follow-up calls. Dr. Will has a great sense of humor, which I love and truly cares about your pet baby. They do their best to fit you in for emergency calls too. LOVE THEM!!
Great place to go!
The staff is great, everyone's so personal and family-oriented and knows every dog or animal by name. The doctor is super sweet and offers every option he can for whatever problem you're dealing with. All in all a great animal hospital.
Everyone is always helpful and nice. Glad we switched veterinarians.
Dr. Heather always takes the best care of our animals. Thank you!
Very friendly team and thoroughly enjoyed our first welcome appointment with our new puppy!
My pet got attacked and needed help right away - Blue Lake fit us in, performed surgery and Dr. Will kept me apprised the whole time. When there were complications, they again fit us in right away and helped. Great vet office.