Importance of

Heartworm Prevention

Infected mosquitoes can deposit larvae into your pet's bloodstream that mature into Heartworms. These parasites grow longer and longer, eventually causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. All it takes is 1 bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to your pet. Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal.

Countryside Graphic - Cost of Heartworm prevention vs treatment
heartworm in microscope
Testing Before Prevention

How it works

Going just one month without heartworm prevention can leave a pet exposed and at risk for heartworms. Testing helps us determine if your pet can safely receive heartworm prevention, or if we need to treat an active infestation. Testing annually for Heartworms is our clinic policy, and the recommendation of the American Heartworm Society. It also allows us to report any breakthrough infections to the manufacturer should your pet need treatment.

Why Does My Pet Need

Flea & Tick Prevention?

Fleas and ticks are not just irritating pests, they can also lead to serious skin conditions and other health issues. Fleas can infect your pet with intestinal parasites, while also causing the irritation of dermatitis. Ticks can also cause skin infections and are notorious carriers of serious diseases such as: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.

dog's skin showing flea bites
Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions

1
My dog only goes in my yard and doesn't go outside much, do I still need prevention?
Unfortunately, even if your pet stays in....the mosquitoes don't stay out. Just one bite from an infected mosquito could potentially infect your pet. Fleas and ticks can also infest your pets and cause dangerous diseases such as lyme disease. Preventing infestations is the best treatment for your pet.
2
How do I choose the right type of prevention for my pet?
At your pet's annual check up, your veterinarian will discuss the best options for you and your ​pet. Depending on your pet's lifestyle, you can choose from a variety of options for total protection from heartworms, fleas, and ticks. Our selection of products includes beef flavored chews, topical applications, collars, and injectable options.
3
How much will this cost?
​Always check your inbox and mailbox for our seasonal specials & rebates offered by manufacturers. In addition to those, we also offer a 20% off Wellness Pays discount when you purchase 6 months or more of prevention at your pet's annual wellness visit. Our clinic provides the following products: Trifexis, Seresto, Nexgard, Sentinel, Simparica, Heartgard & Proheart.
If you have questions about making the right choice for flea, tick, and Heartworm prevention,
give us a call at (770) 788-7387.
From the Blog

News & Articles

As many of our clients know, we love sharing our knowledge and important animal health news. Our blog contains valuable educational resources in one easy location.

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1 Sep

Ask a Vet Tech: Tips for new pet owners.

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1 Sep

September: A Review in Responsible Dog Ownership

September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and Dr. Jennifer Coval, a small animal vet with Countryside, has key advice that can make a difference in your dog’s wellbeing.
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2 May

How To Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summer is quickly approaching, which means many people are gearing up for all of their outdoor adventures! If you're lucky enough...
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17 Dec

So You Just Got A New Kitten? What You Need To Know

It's hard to beat the preciousness of a kitten. These small bundles of fur have the cutest meows, and they are so curious and playful...
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17 Dec

So You Just Got A New Puppy? What You Need To Know

Getting a new puppy is super exciting. After all, you are picking out a new member of your family who will enrich your life for years to come...
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23 Oct

Halloween: Precautions To Celebrate Safely With Your Pet

Halloween has become a holiday to celebrate not only with your children and friends but with your pets, as well. Many owners look forward to...
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17 Jun

Summer Care Checklist For Your Pet

Summer is here and we've created a handy checklist you can use to ensure your furry best friend’s seasonal health and wellness needs are met.
More
14 Jan

National Train Your Dog Month: You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

January is National Train Your Dog Month, and to celebrate, our doctors and techs have shared some advice that helped them train their own pets.
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22 Dec

Ask a Vet Tech: Tips for new pet owners.

Getting a new pet is so exciting. The Vet Techs at Countryside have put together some tips to help you welcome your new pet into your home with success and happiness.
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Adopt A Senior Pet Month: Inspiring Stories

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