heartworm prevention and heartworm treatmentOne of the most dangerous pests that can plague your pet is heartworms. These deadly parasites take the lives of pets every year. Heartworms can damage your pet’s heart, lungs and blood vessels which can often become fatal. Pets First Animal Hospital would like to help prevent this from happening. With proper heartworm prevention, you will never have to worry about this serious medical condition.

Heartworm Prevention Is the Best Method

Our veterinarian will help you understand heartworms. Heartworms can spread through mosquito bites. We will provide you with monthly medication that will keep heartworms at bay because prevention is always the best method of control. If your pet has already contracted heartworms, there are treatments available.

Surgery May Be Needed to Save Your Pets Life

If your pet has contracted heartworms, the chances they will need a surgery is high. Heartworms can cause the caval syndrome in dogs and heartworm-associated respiratory disease in cats. Only surgery can treat these conditions. Our vet will often suggest surgery for these conditions in order to prolong the lifespan of your pet.

Signs of Heartworms

There are several signs that you will need to be on the lookout for. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, and panting, are all signs that your pet has contracted heartworms. This means something needs to be done right away to help save your pet’s life because heartworms can destroy your pets’ heart.  Dog’s with a heartworms infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.

Cats can suffer from a syndrome referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD); the symptoms may be similar to those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Signs of respiratory issues, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and panting, are common. In addition, other symptoms include coughing, vomiting, and loss of appetite or weight. Heartworm infection is more difficult to diagnose in cats than it is in dogs because the symptoms are more subtle.  Due to the slight chance of heartworms in cats, if you feel concerned call Pets First Animal Hospital. If you notice any of these signs, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can assess the situation.