Who We Are
Hawthorne Animal Clinic offers quality and compassionate veterinary care for your dog or cat. Our experienced staff is trained to meet your pet’s needs whether they need preventative care, surgery, dental care, or become suddenly ill. Because your pet can’t talk, we know how important it is to be an advocate for your pet’s health. We work closely with specialists and other local veterinary clinics to provide the best care possible to your pet.
***ANNOUNCEMENT*** Due to inclement weather continuing throughout our area, we have decided to close the clinic early today, Thursday, February 3, 2022! Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for understanding!
Heartworm prevention is very important for your pet!
During the year of 2021, there were 125 POSITIVE heartworm cases tested at our clinic!
In the early stages of the disease, many dogs show few symptoms or no symptoms at all. The longer the infection persists, the more likely symptoms will develop. Active dogs, dogs heavily infected with heartworms, or those with other health problems often show pronounced clinical signs.
Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. This is called caval syndrome, and is marked by a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums, and dark bloody or coffee-colored urine. Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few dogs survive.
We recommend annual heartworm testing and year round heartworm prevention. All you have to do is make an appointment, one of our trained technicians will collect a small blood sample from your pet for the heartworm test and we will have a result while you wait (usually within 10 minutes). The heartworm test will cost around $40 and can be performed at your pet’s annual visit, so there isn’t any need for multiple visits per year. The cost of testing and giving prevention is minimal compared to cost of heartworm treatment and the damage that your beloved family dog will endure due to these parasites. Monthly cost or your dog’s heartworm prevenative will vary from $6.50 to $20.00 per month, price depends on what method you choose and the weight of your dog. There are multiple options offered now: monthly pills, chews, liquids to be applied to skin, or shots that are given every 6 or 12 months. If your pet is Positive for heartworms, treatment cost can range from $800 to $1500, depending on severity and weight of your dog. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment!
Call our office (812) 838-6493 or Text (812) 270-4245