Are You Preventing Heartworm Disease?Tags: bloodwork, Canines, cats, Dogs, Dr. Gay, Heartworm Disease, Prevention
With spring and warmer weather upon us, mosquitoes will be making their appearance anytime. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. This is a major health concern for your pet!
Signs of heartworm disease include: coughing, difficulty breathing, panting, decreased exercise tolerance or even sudden death. Pets may not show signs until very late in the course of the disease and that is why annual blood testing is recommended.
However, heartworm disease is easily prevented with either a chewable tablet or
a topical medication placed on the skin between the shoulder blades. Both types of preventative are used monthly. If you have a difficult time remembering to treat your dog monthly, we now have an injection that will last six months.
Let’s not forget our feline friends. Although cats are not the proper host for heartworms, some cats can contract the disease. Identifying cats with heartworm disease is very difficult, but the infection can be easily prevented with use of monthly and/or topical medication.
By: Dr. Gay
Lakewood Animal Hospital
Pine Bluff Animal Hospital