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It is recommended that your dog receive a heartworm test on an annual basis to be sure that s/he is free of the disease and to make sure that you may safely administer heartworm prevention. Now when we take a few drops of blood for your dog’s test, however, you are getting so much more!

Our SNAP 4DX heartworm testing kit not only detect heartworm disease, but three different tick-borne diseases as well. Read a little more about the diseases that we are screening your pet for:

Heartworm disease

Heartworm disease is a serious disease that is transmitted to your dog through the mosquito. Larvae are injected into the dog by the mosquito, where they then develop into actual worms that live in the heart and large blood vessels near the heart. Initially the infected dog will not show any symptoms, but as the disease progresses the pet may experience weight loss, coughing, and other vague signs, and will eventually develop heart failure and/or lung disease. Prevention is the most effective tact, however treatment options do exist if heartworm disease is detected.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection  that is transmitted by the deer tick. Infected dogs may have fever, lethargy, swollen joints, lameness, and other symptoms. Untreated, Lyme disease can cause damage to the joints and even fatal kidney damage. Antibiotics are available to treat the disease and a vaccine exists for prevention.

Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the deer tick and may cause high fevers, swollen joints, vomiting, and diarrhea. Over time the disease may lead to long-term joint pain and other complications. It is treatable with antibiotics.

Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis, which is carried by the brown dog tick, is a serious disease. Untreated it can lead to complications including blindness and death. Once detected, it is treatable with antibiotics.

Next time your dog gets his/her heartworm test done, rest easy knowing that we are screening your pet for these other serious diseases as well!