Heartworms are extremely common in the Belle Chasse, Terrytown, and Gretna areas of Louisiana, and can infect both our canine companions AND our feline friends. Heartworms are transmitted from infected mosquitoes as juvenile worms known as microfilaria. Unless your pet is on a heartworm preventative, these immature worms can grow into adults which can cause serious damage to the animal’s blood vessels, lungs and heart, and may even cause death. Remember that a monthly preventative not only keeps your dog or cat healthy, but is less expensive than having to treat adult heartworms. The experienced veterinarians at Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic will determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment for your dog or cat and get them on a heartworm preventative today…it can save their lives!