Heartworm disease is a serious, potentially fatal illness where worms grow in a dog’s heart and lungs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and has impacted pets across the United States. Find out if your community has been affected by visiting THRIVE’s Pet Health Alert page. A single bite from an infected mosquito can put your dog at risk for developing heartworm disease.

All pets that are not on year-around heartworm preventive medicine are at risk, even during the winter months. Therefore, the best way to deal with heartworm disease is to prevent it. The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round heartworm disease prevention for dogs.

However, it can be easy to miss a dose when using monthly heartworm preventions pills. Did you know nearly 6 out of 10 dog owners didn’t stick with their monthly chewables year-round or skipped doses? In addition, dogs may vomit or spit out chews, which means you must redose and many dogs refuse to eat “treat-like” preventatives.

With the threat of heartworm disease, it’s important to pick the preventative that’s right for you and your pet. That’s why THRIVE is offering ProHeart 12 – a single injection that prevents heartworm disease in dogs for 12 full months! With ProHeart 12, you can offer your pet one FULL YEAR of constant protection. ProHeart 12 is a shot that is given in your vet’s office just once a year and was 100% effective for a full year in 3 studies. Make an appointment to talk to your THRIVE veterinary professional today to discuss if ProHeart 12 is the right choice for your dog!