Ph: (732) 449-9224
2129 Route 35
Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750

Hours:
M thru F 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Sea Girt Animal Hospital Pharmacy

Testimonials

  • The staff and doctors are fantastic.  They are all so kind and patient and give personalized attention.  This is the place to be for your pets.

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    • Cory Radisch

  • I have been a client at Sea Girt Animal Hospital since 1988. For many years, I was fortunate enough to have my beloved pets cared for by the very dedicated Dr. Marilyn Weber. She not only cared for our pets, but advised me on how raise them and when that dreaded time came at the end of their lives, she was there to cry with us.

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    • Laura Bale

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    • Wall Township, NJ

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:59

8 Facts Every Dog and Cat Owner Should know about Heartworm Disease

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Heartworm disease is a deadly illness that effects beloved dogs and cats every day. Knowing the facts about the disease can arm you to protect your dog and cat from this treatable condition. So let's dive right in. Here are 8 facts about heartworm disease every dog and car owner should know.

  1. How do dogs and cats get heartworms?
    The mosquito is the only known vector involved in the transmission of heartworm disease. The dog is the definitive host, but heartworms can infect more than 30 different species of animals including cats, coyotes, foxes, ferrets and humans.

  2. Can I get heartworms from my dog or cat?
    No. The only way to get heartworms is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Human infections are possible but rare.

  3. How long do heartworms live?
    Most untreated heartworms live between 5-7 years in the dog, and 2-3 years in the cat.

  4. What are the signs of Heartworm Disease?
    Early in the infection, there are no symptoms. As the disease progresses most dogs will develop coughing, exercise intolerance, and in the later stages collapse and death.

  5. How can I prevent Heartworm Disease?
    With Heartworm Disease, prevention is the key. Fortunately, there are many options available such as monthly oral medications (Sentinel, Trifexis, and Iverhart), monthly topical medications (Revolution), and even a 6 month injectable medication (Proheart-6). Prevention is far more effective and less costly than treatment.

  6. If my dog gets heartworms, is it treatable?
    Yes, but the treatment can be expensive. The drug used to treat heartworms is called Immiticide, an injectable, arsenic - based compound in short supply. Pre-treatment workup usually includes blood-work, urinalysis, and chest radiographs.

  7. Why do I need to give heartworm prevention medication all year round?
    The American Heartworm Society recommends all year round heartworm prevention medication for a few different reasons. First, it improves compliance and protection. If more than 1 month is missed, your dog could potentially get infected with heartworms. Secondly, with milder winters, there is a real threat for heartworm disease during the colder months. Thirdly, most heartworm prevention medications also provide the additional benefit of controlling intestinal parasites when given on a monthly basis. Many of these intestinal parasites can be contagious to humans, especially children.

  8. If I give heartworm prevention all year round, why do I have to test once a year?
    Again, the American Heartworm Society recommends that all dogs be tested at least once a year prior to going on heartworm prevention. The main reason is that no medication currently available for heartworm prevention is 100% effective. In addition, there is already a serious problem with people forgetting to give their dogs heartworm preventatives. Currently, it is estimated that only 55% of all dogs in the US are on some form of Heartworm prevention.

Get the facts about this dangerous, but manageable disease. See your dog's or cat's veterinarian and ensure you're doing all you can to protect your pet from heartworm disease.

By F. Velazquez, VMD

Testimonials

  • Awesome physicians and staff. Kind to the animals.

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    • Deborah Kulinich

Sea Girt Animal Hospital Pharmacy

Sea Girt Animal Hospital

Sea Girt Animal Hospital is a premier animal hospital conveniently located at 2129 Route 35 in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

We have five wards, five exam rooms, 13 outdoor runs, two offices, large surgery and x-ray facilities, in addition to several treatment rooms and a fenced yard. We provide specialized care to dogs and cats, as well as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, and some reptiles for routine exams.