Heartworm Disease: Deadly... But Preventable!

All dogs, whether outside dwellers or inside dogs, are susceptible to heartworm disease.

How will you know if your dog has heartworms? Common symptoms are:

Listlessness; gets tired easily
Weight loss
Difficulty breathing

Unfortunately, symptoms don't always appear in the early stages of the disease. If not detected and controlled with proper treatment, heartworm disease can be fatal. Once in the dog's heart, left untreated, the worms can grow to as long as 14 inches and critically damage the heart, lungs, and other vital organs.

Step I - Detection

Preliminary heartworm screening involves a very accurate blood test to detect the presence of heartworms. If a dog shows symptoms of the disease, additional tests may be recommended before treatment or prevention procedures begin.

Step II - Treatment

Advancements in veterinary medicine have resulted in very effective medications to treat heartworm disease. Successful treatment depends on early detection.

Step III - "An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure"

We love our patients and are strong advocates of disease prevention and wellness programs to keep them healthy. A small pill, taken monthly, will help your dog avoid the risks of heartworm disease and will save you the inconvenience and expense of treatment. Your dog will need to come into our office for the simple blood screening. If no heartworm is detected, we will start him on the preventative medication immediately.

Do Cats Get Heartworm Disease?

The incidence of heartworm disease in cats is not as common as in dogs. However, there is no medication to treat cats, and therefore no cure. Prevention is your best option. Ask us about the preventative medication formulated for cats.