Heartworm Test/Prescription Policy
The number of Heartworm positive dogs and cats in this area has increased dramatically in the past couple of years so we have changed our Heartworm testing requirements to annually. Your pet’s well-being and health is very important to us. It is possible for a pet to have an anaphylactic reaction to the medicine if it is (microfilaria positive) carrying immature heartworms in the bloodstream, thus causing cardiovascular collapse, stroke, or possible death.
We carry "Proheart 6", “Triheart Plus”, a heartworm (HTW) preventative, and “Trifexis”, a combo (oral) HTW and flea preventative, in-house. To receive a prescription for this or any other heartworm preventative, there must be a negative heartworm test on file for each animal at least once per year. Also, we must be assured that the animal has been on heartworm preventative every month without fail since the last heartworm test. This can be accomplished either by purchasing the products from us or any other Veterinarian with enough frequency as to assure the animal was dosed once per month every month since the last test.
We do have options available to you, to make getting the medications your pet needs as convenient as possible. We provide an online pharmacy for our clients, where you may order medications and other products, and these items will be shipped directly to you. Our online pharmacy prices should be competitive with other outside pharmacies. Go to our website, hoovesandpawsvet.com , click on the “Pharmacy” tab, where you can purchase your products through a secure payment portal.
We cannot and do not refuse to write a prescription for any client for outside pharmacies, however we DO NOT recommend, nor assure the safety of your pet by using medications purchased from one of the many online pharmacies , which obtains their products in bulk from other countries. Many of these pharmacies purchase products manufactured in other countries, and only shipped from the USA. These products DO NOT have the manufacturer support system you will have with products purchased from your Veterinarian.
Recently, some human pharmacies are carrying pet medications. There is always the concern that these pharmacists may not be aware of animal specific medications, dosing and dispensing. Be sure to check the drug labels carefully to ensure proper dosing.
Again, we appreciate your understanding in this matter and truly want to help you obtain the best treatment for your pets. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Klein and Staff