Heartworm & Tick-Borne Disease Testing
We have one 10-minute test that checks dogs for all 4 diseases mentioned
Dogs (and cats) of any age or breed are susceptible to heartworm infection. Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected by a parasite (Dirofilaria immitis.) If untreated, heartworms can cause serious heart and lung disease that will lead to death. Improvements in client education have increased client awareness of heartworm and its risks, yet infection rates have remained steady. We will be sure to help explain the reasons we recommend heartworm testing and prevention measures if you pets!
Ticks have been around since the time mammals appeared on the earth. However, in the past ten years, the tick population has exploded to significant levels. With this comes increased risk of contact with thousands of tick species in existence today. Our exposure to ticks is greater than ever, not just because there are more of them, but also due to other environmental and cultural factors including: a rise in the deer population (white-tailed deer in particular); warmer winters; decreased use of insecticides; increased travel throughout the country; and suburbanization, indicating the migration of people into areas previously inhabited by wildlife.
Most people know that ticks transmit Lyme disease, a chronic and debilitating illness, but they also carry bacteria that lead to other illnesses, such as anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis. Some ticks carry more than one of these diseases, which can lead to co-infection. These diseases vary in severity depending on patient age and overall health.
The presence of one or more of these illnesses can be determined by a simple blood test. We recommend all dogs have this test performed on an annual basis, therefore any concerns can receive immediate intervention.