Heartworm Testing Policy

An annual physical exam as well as a current heartworm test will be required on all dogs to purchase heartworm medication.  Cats will need to have a physical exam only.

The reasons for implementing this policy:

  • There is a risk that your pet can have a life threatening reaction if heartworm prevention is given to a heartworm positive animal.
  • There are an increasing number of cases of resistance to heartworm medications.  Your pet could have heartworms even if you give the prevention consistently.
  • The American Heartworm Society advocates annual heartworm testing and lists testing as a “Standard of Care in Veterinary Medicine”.
  • The Doctors and Staff at Animal Medical Center of Brooksville practice quality medicine and take excellent care of your pet.