HEARTWORM TESTING SERVICES

Penny Paws Heartworm Testing in Texas

This simple test is performed annually and is one of the most important ways you can ensure your pet’s health and happiness.

Texas is consistently in the top five states in the country when it comes to heartworm rates, according to annual surveys conducted by the American Heartworm Society. It is an ongoing battle against the parasite, which is spread through infected mosquitos, but testing and preventative treatment are the strongest weapons we have against it.

We have found that pet owners who understand the risks and realities of heartworm disease are far more likely to be vigilant in their preventative treatment.

Here are a few key facts about heartworm disease every pet parent should know:

  1. The name pretty much describes it. Heartworm is a serious progressive disease caused by parasitic worms growing in the heart, lungs and surrounding blood vessels. The worms can grow to be up to 12 inches long, they live up to 7 years, and some animals have as many as 250 worms in their system.
  2. Mosquitos are the culprit. If you live in an area with a lot of mosquitos you need to be extra careful because heartworm is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. When an infected mosquito bites your dog, it leaves infected larvae on the skin that enter the bloodstream through the bite wound. That is the only way the disease is spread. It is not contagious from one dog to another.
  3. An infected dog won’t show symptoms initially. As the worms grow, however, their impact on your pet’s heart and lungs will increase, and your dog will likely develop a persistent cough, not want to eat or exercise, be easily exhausted and lose weight. The disease can ultimately be deadly, and it causes lasting damage.
  4. Prevention is key. By getting your dog tested annually and administering a heartworm prevention medicine you are taking vital steps to ensure your dog does not contract this serious disease. The cost of treatment can easily be 10 times more expensive than the cost of prevention. Even when treatment is successful, a dog who has been infected risks enduring long-term damage to the heart and lungs.

Vigilance is important, especially in Texas as we can have a year-round mosquito season. Monthly preventative treatment along with regular testing is the best way to ensure this nasty disease doesn’t harm your pet.

ProHeart6

Once we test your pet, we can give a 6 month shot to prevent heartworms. No more having to remember to give a monthly pill and running the risk of forgetting!

If you have any questions about Heartworm Prevention please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Just got back from my first appointment here, they were very friendly and straightfoward both about my dog’s health condition and prices and treatment options. Both the doctor and the tech I saw were very warm and kind. Also, this is the cheapest vet I’ve found so far in Fort Worth. Great practice all around.

- Leslie

Additional Penny Paws Services

Vaccinations

Spay / Neuter

Heartworm Testing

Microchips

Annual Bloodwork

Teeth Cleaning

Feline Declaw

General Surgery

Ultrasound / Echocardiogram

What Our Customers are Saying

“Dr. Nelson was so sweet and patient through all of my questions. The staff here are amazing and genuinely care about the animals. Dr. Nelson and the vet tech both got on the floor with my dog to make her feel more comfortable. It was half the price of our old vet and the care was WAY better. This will definitely be the only vet we visit from now on.”

– Emily

“I absolutely love Penny Paws at Basswood Crossing! I have 3 cats and 2 dogs and have been taking them all there for about 2 years now. We usually just go to the Saturday clinics for shots, but the entire staff still remembers all of my animals each time! They’re such a great group of people and truly love animals there. I’ve lived all over the US and have never found a vet’s office that is so loving.”

– Amber

What you should know before bringing your pet to Penny Paws

Penny Paws is a full service clinic at their three locations and also offer affordable pet vaccinations at their mobile locations on the weekends. Be sure to follow Penny Paws on Facebook to receive updates on when the mobile vaccinations clinic will be in your neighborhood next!

You do not necessarily need an appointment for our clinics, we do accept walk-ins but if your animal is sick, it is recommended to have a scheduled appointment in order to see one of our experienced veterinarians.

Owners should also note that prices for services and surgeries vary depending on the weight and size of your pet and the extent of medical attention they may need due to their condition. Our veterinarians and staff will be sure to brief you on all costs and fees before proceeding with the treatment recommended for your animal. For payment we accept cash, credit cards, and payment plans through iCare Financial, and if you have any questions regarding this, our staff and receptionists can answer them at your appointment, or by phone call today.

Contact us at any of our clinic locations or mobile pet vaccination locations today for more information on our services or to book your appointment!

What Our Customers are Saying

“Dr. Nelson was so sweet and patient through all of my questions. The staff here are amazing and genuinely care about the animals. Dr. Nelson and the vet tech both got on the floor with my dog to make her feel more comfortable. It was half the price of our old vet and the care was WAY better. This will definitely be the only vet we visit from now on.”

– Emily

“I absolutely love Penny Paws at Basswood Crossing! I have 3 cats and 2 dogs and have been taking them all there for about 2 years now. We usually just go to the Saturday clinics for shots, but the entire staff still remembers all of my animals each time! They’re such a great group of people and truly love animals there. I’ve lived all over the US and have never found a vet’s office that is so loving.”

– Amber