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Understanding the Risk of Heartworm

It’s Heartworm Awareness Month, and we are proud to help our clients and their furry friends stay safe and healthy. Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can cause life-threatening complications, making proper prevention essential for your pet’s health. To help pets prevent heartworm infections, read on to see what our veterinarians recommend.

Heartworm Explained

Heartworm is a disease caused by a parasitic worm that is spread through mosquito bites. When these parasites enter the bloodstream, they travel to the heart and lungs of your pet where they can cause serious damage. If left untreated, heartworms can lead to organ failure and even death in some cases.

Heartworm Symptoms

Many pets will not show any signs of heartworm infection until the disease has progressed. Common symptoms include coughing, weight loss, fatigue, and trouble breathing. Some animals may also experience fluid collection in the abdomen, which is a serious emergency and should be addressed immediately. However, it’s important to know that if your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, it’s important to see a veterinarian as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

Heartworm Prevention

The best way to keep your pet safe from heartworms is through prevention. Speak to your veterinarian about the best prevention plan for you and your pet, as there are a variety of options available. Generally speaking, pets should receive heartworm medication once a month and get tested at least once a year to stay safe.

Contact Your Veterinarian Today

If you have any questions about heartworm prevention, contact your veterinarian. Our veterinarians are here to answer all of your pet health questions and provide guidance for keeping your pet safe from heartworm infection. Remember, it’s Heartworm Awareness Month! Make sure that your furry friend is protected and get in touch with our veterinary staff today!