Heartworm and Heartworm Prevention
Heartworm can be a serious condition in pets that, if left untreated, can lead to death. It takes only one bite from an infected mosquito and your pet can become infested with parasitic worms that will slowly kill him.
Heartworm is found in many places. It is of greatest concern to dog, cat, and ferret owners. Heartworm prevention is key to helping your pet stay healthy.
At Lincoln Animal Hospital in Cypress, CA, our staff of animal lovers can help prevent this and many other diseases. We will work with you to deliver the best quality preventative care and wellness exam for your pet.
Read on for some important information about heartworm in your pet.
Symptoms Of Heartworm in Your Pet
Heartworm can result in heart failure, lung damage, and eventually death if left untreated. It's vital that you get your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible if you see it exhibiting a number of the following symptoms.
- Dry, unproductive cough
- Coughing up blood
- Reluctance to exercise
- Decreased appetite
- Swollen belly
- Labored breathing
- Pale gums
- Dark urine
- Swollen chest
The good news is that your pet may be able to be treated and recover from heartworm if it is given the proper treatment.
How To Treat Heartworm in Your Pet
One way to know for sure if your pet has heartworm is for a vet to check. An annual wellness exam and yearly preventative care can help your pet avoid heartworm and other parasites all together. If a veterinarian on our team finds evidence of heartworm, we might prescribe a series of injections.
To prevent further infestation, we might suggest you administer a chewable pill or a topical solution on a routine basis.
It is best to use parasite prevention before your pet gets heartworm in the first place. Treatment can be lengthy and painful and might not work. This is especially true for cats who will almost certainly die from heartworm if they get it.
Get Heartworm Prevention and a Pet Wellness Exam from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team
If you are in the Cypress, CA, area and have any concerns about your furry friends' health, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have. We at Lincoln Animal Hospital are here to help keep your pet safe with a pet wellness exam and other forms of preventative care.