Guardianship for Health: Heartworm Prevention, Is It really Necessary?

Do you recommend heartworm medication for your patients? Do pets really need this type of protection? What do you do if a pet parent declines this protection?  That must be frustrating.

In the realm of health and well-being, both for our beloved pets and the technology systems that run your veterinary hospital, preventative measures play a crucial role. In this blog, we draw a parallel between heartworm preventative medicine for pets and managed services in the realm of technology. While seemingly disparate, these two concepts share a common goal: the prevention of potential issues before they become major problems.

Heartworm medication given monthly can prevent heartworm disease.

Managed Services in Technology: Similarly, managed services in the technology sector operates on a preventative model. Veterinarians employ managed service providers (MSPs) to oversee and optimize their IT infrastructure, ensuring that potential issues are identified and resolved before they impact hospital operations. Managed services encompass proactive monitoring, regular system updates, and swift issue resolution to maintain the health and functionality of a hospitals technological ecosystem.

Managed Services can prevent your computer systems and network from running slow, crashing, interrupting productivity, causing frustration for employees, loosing data, and becoming infected.


  1. Proactive Approach: Both heartworm preventative medicine and managed services adopt a proactive stance, aiming to prevent issues rather than reacting to them after the fact. Regular, scheduled interventions in the form of medicine or IT maintenance help forestall potential complications.
  2. Regular Administration: Heartworm medicine requires regular monthly doses, mirroring the consistent attention that managed services demand. Routine check-ups, updates and system evaluations are essential for the sustained well-being of pets and technology alike.
  3. Long-Term Health Benefits: Heartworm preventative medicine contributes to the long-term health of pets by averting serious illnesses. Similarly, managed services contribute to the overall health of a hospital by preventing costly downtime, security breaches, and inefficiencies that could compromise its functionality.

In the shared pursuit of health and longevity, both heartworm preventative medicine and managed services underscore the importance of preventative measures. Whether safeguarding the patients under your care or fortifying the digital infrastructure that runs your hospital the parallel objectives of these two concepts highlights the value of foresight and proactive care.

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