Heartworms are a big issue at the moment. Heartworm medicine has seen a surge in use, partly due to the increases in the number of mosquitoes in certain areas and partly because of the renewed publicity. So how do you treat for heartworms?
In the past many people gave a daily pill to prevent heartworms growing. Now it is much simpler and all that is needed is a monthly pill or spot in type of application. Heartworm pills are the most common form used with Heartgard leading the way in the number of sales.
By using a monthly treatment you are sure to prevent the worms from ever developing to a dangerous size. When they are young they are no danger. It is only if they are allowed to grow over a number of consecutive months that they can finally be of risk to your pets health. A simple monthly treatment is all that is needed.
There is some confusion over the facts. There is no total preventative for heartworms. They are imparted via an infected mosquito bite and there is no way to totally stop the mosquito from biting. You can get medications that drastically cut down the chances of this happening but they are not guaranteed to never allow your pet to be bitten. This is why more people are giving heartworm treatments. They kill any small worms that may have entered your pet. They eliminate them quickly and will absolutely prevent them from ever being a danger to you animals.
I hope that this has helped you make a more informed decision about heartworm medicine.