Heartworm Prevention

A single mosquito bite can transmit the heartworm infestation, causing a very serious condition for your dog or cat.

A heartworm infestation can cause significant damage to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs. In dogs and cats, heartworm disease can be fatal.

Unfortunately, heartworms are difficult to treat. For dogs, the treatment is expensive and – more importantly – dangerous. For cats, no approved treatment exists.

Symptoms of heartworm are extremely varied, with some pets not showing any signs at all. Cats are particularly difficult to diagnose.

Here are some of the more common symptoms you can look for:

Heartworm Symptoms in Dogs

  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fainting after exercise
  • Bulging chest
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Pain
  • Not showing signs at all

Heartworm Symptoms in Cats

  • Can suffer from Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD)
  • Can resemble asthma or allergy symptoms Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Panting
  • Coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain
  • Not showing signs at all

If you think your pet may have heartworms, we urge you to contact us for an appointment.

Heartworm Prevention

Because the symptoms can be hard to diagnose and the current treatment options are not ideal, the best thing you can do for your furry family member is to prevent heartworm disease before it has a chance to infect them.

Thankfully, heartworm prevention is easy and safe. Monthly heartworm preventative medication during peak mosquito seasons can guard your friend against contracting heartworm.

This medication also protects your cat or dog against roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and fleas.

We will assess your pet and determine the best preventive options to keep the parasites away. We have many excellent medications available to us, so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment and safeguard your pet’s health.

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