Client handout: 'Is heartworm prevention worth it?'

February 11, 2019

If your veterinary clients have the questions about whether they really need to buy and administer heartworm preventives, this client handout can kick off a conversation.

Down with heartworms!

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Heartworm prevention: Don't take 'no' for an answer!

A 2016 American Heartworm Society survey of almost 5,000 veterinary practices revealed that the number of heartworm-positive pets per clinic rose by 21 percent since the previous survey of three years earlier. Among veterinarians who reported that heartworm disease was “on the rise” since the previous survey, the leading reason was that “owners skip doses or don't give preventives year-round.”

This compliance conundrum highlights the importance of client conversations about heartworm prevention-a priority that puts staff members front and center. Here's a handout that covers a few client concerns about price and invites an ongoing conversation with you about the need for this crucial parasite preventive.

Click here or on the image below to download the PDF.