The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) advises twice-a-year testing for dogs living in areas known to have an abundance of mosquitos and active heartworm disease. If your dog has missed any doses of prevention, it is especially important to test regularly. Essentials PetCare will re-test in six months because heartworms must be approximately seven months old before an infection can be diagnosed. Catching heartworm disease early is much safer for pets and easier to treat.

Signs of heartworm disease may include:


Mild persistent cough

Decreased appetite

Weight loss

Please contact us at Essentials PetCare if you are noticing any of the above symptoms or if you have any questions or concerns. Visit our services page to view options and pricing for heartworm tests.