About Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly disease affecting the U.S. canine population. Spread by mosquitoes, it can cause serious damage to the heart and pulmonary arteries eventually leading to heart failure. In severe cases, heartworm disease can damage other organs such as the liver and kidneys. Clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as heartworms may accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years. Heavily infected animals may show clinical signs including mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, tiredness after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss. Prevention of heartworm disease is the best alternative, as treatment can result in death, severe allergic reactions or pulmonary embolism.
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ProHeart® 6 is generally well tolerated. Do not use in sick, debilitated or underweight animals, animals with a history of weight loss, or within one month of vaccination. Use with caution in dogs with pre-existing allergic disease. A small percentage of dogs showed mild, transient swelling or itching at the injection site. While rare, allergic, digestive, hematological, or neurological reactions may occur. In addition, death has been reported. ProHeart 6 is available only through a restricted distribution program. Only veterinarians enrolled in this program can receive and administer ProHeart 6. In addition, ProHeart 6 must only be administered to clients whose owners have been advised of the risks of ProHeart 6 and sign an Owner Consent Form. To obtain additional information including a copy of the product labeling, visit the website at http://ac.acidirect.net/c.asp?709669&1744501031ab3d03&4 or call 1-800-533-8536.