Heartworm is transmitted to dogs via mosquitos and is most prevalent in Southern France, Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean area. Larvae (baby worms) enter your dog via mosquito bite and will make their way to your pet’s heart where they will turn into adult worms. They can then cause heart failure if not treated.
Killing the adult worm can be life threatening to your pet. It is therefore essential that treatment to kill the larvae is administered. If your pet has travelled abroad before it is essential to test for heartworm before you use these medications.
There are various treatments for Heartworm but the most popular include:
Milbemax worming tablets – given at the normal dose every 4 weeks; from 2 weeks into your holiday until at least 4 weeks after you return
Stronghold or advocate spot on treatment – every 4 weeks from the beginning of your holiday until at least 4 weeks after you return