I understand that a test is required at least every other year in order for Indian Trail Animal Hospital veterinarians to prescribe heartworm prevention for my pet and American Heartworm Society guidelines are annually.We are in an area of the country that has the highest rate of heartworm infection and not testing annually is going against the recommendations set forth by the American Heartworm Society and the American Animal Hospital Association. I am declining this test, but elect to keep my pet on heartworm prevention, specifically. I understand that there is a potential fatal risk to continuing to give this medication if an infection were present, and I will not hold Indian Trail Animal Hospital liable should a complication such as this arise. I am declining the recommended test for this year, and I understand that a test will be recommended again next year.
Companion Animal Parasite Council
Founded in 2002, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the threat parasites present to pets and family members. By generating and disseminating credible, accurate and timely information for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections, CAPC works to educate pet owners and veterinary professionals.
True to its mission of leading the veterinary profession and public in understanding heartworm disease, the American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease, while informing its membership of new developments. The Society currently invests hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in heartworm research, both directly and through grants to the Morris Animal Foundation.