One of the most preventable killer diseases in Texas is heartworms.

Heartworms are worms that live in the heart and cause heart failure, liver failure and kidney disease. They are transmitted by mosquitoes, which is a 24/7 year round problem for us in the Dallas area.

The good news is we have medications, heartworm preventive, that help prevent this nasty disease from ever affecting your pet. We have medication for both dogs and cats, both of whom are affected by heartworm disease.

We at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group require annual testing of all dogs for heartworm disease. This is for the safety of your pet, because if they have contracted heartworm disease and are given heart worm preventive, they can have a serious reaction. This reactions can potentially be fatal. As a result we feel annual testing is critical. Included in the heartworm test that we run, are tests for common tick-borne diseases in our area. This gives us an opportunity to diagnose and treat these potentially dangerous diseases before symptoms even occur.

All dogs, cats and ferrets should be on monthly heart worm preventive. All dogs should receive an annual heartworm and tick borne disease test.