Heartworm treatment can cost anywhere from $800-$1200 from start to finish; this may or may not include the treatment itself, antibiotics, hospitalized care, and pain medication, all of which are necessary for a safe, viable treatment. This price is also different depending upon the animal hospital. Treatment is also only available for dogs; cats cannot undergo heartworm treatment.
Heartworm prevention, on the other hand, can be as low as $70 – $100 per year. Not only that, but most heartworm preventions are made to be like treats, so your dog enjoys taking the medication as much as you feel good about protecting them! If you have a cat, there are a couple topical options as well.
We offer a few options in house for heartworm prevention at BPAH: Heartgard, Sentinel, and Advantage Multi.
Heartgard (dogs) is a well-known favorite, effective for preventing heartworm as well as a couple intestinal parasites (hookworms and roundworms).
Sentinel (dogs) also has a huge following, preventing heartworms, roundworms, hookworks, and whipworms, along with sterilizing adult fleas.
Advantage Multi (dogs and cats) is a topical prevention, so it’s great if you have a pup (or cat) with a picky palate. For dogs, this medication prevents heartworms, hookworks, roundworms, and whipworms, along with fleas. For cats, this topical prevents heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, fleas, and ear mites.
If it’s time to get your animal in for its annual heartworm test, give us a shout at 972-690-6900.