Frequently Asked Questions:

Last Updated on December 18, 2009

Question: Why do a heartworm test

Answer: We perform a heartworm test on every animal every year to ensure our products are working the way we intend for them to work. Animals are exposed to heartworms from mosquitoes, which can be alive and hungry any day when the temperature gets above 32oF. Animals can vomit a pill, spit it out, or even “share” it with their other animal brothers and sisters without you even being aware that it has happened. Heartworm preventative manufacturers will provide funds for treatment of your pet IF: you can show that you have been consistent with purchasing the preventative, you have a positive heartworm test, AND you purchased your preventative from a licensed VETERINARIAN. In addition, our heartworm tests check for Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis, which are three very common tick-born diseases which can go undetected while still permanently causing damage to your pet. By a simple procedure of drawing three drops of blood from your pet, we can check for four deadly pathogens your pet could be exposed to each year.

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