Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable d ...View Article
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Posted on 04-04-2017
As a pet owner, you’re undoubtedly familiar with heartworm disease. Well, you’ve at least heard of it. However, you’re not really sure what it is. How does your dog or cat get heartworm? What is the treatment for it? How can you prevent it? We’ll explain everything you need to know about this disease.
Heartworm is not just a name for a medical condition in dogs and cats; these are actual worms. They can get into your pet’s blood vessels, lungs, and heart and wreak havoc. Sadly, heartworm disease can be a fatal condition.
That’s why it’s important to visit a Pflugerville veterinarian to make sure your dog or cat is up-to-date on their heartworm medication.
If your pet has heartworm, you may notice they’re losing a lot of weight. They also may not want to eat. Other symptoms include exhaustion, lack of physical activity, and coughing.
Of course, sometimes you get busy. Maybe you forgot to take your pet for their latest heartworm treatment. What can you do? Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with a North Austin vet.
We will first test your pet for heartworm. If your pet has heartworm disease, we will start a multi-tiered treatment. First, we must reduce the symptoms. Once your pet shows few or no symptoms, we will remove the worms.
Six months later, we will see your dog or cat again to check that the heartworm has not returned.
Of course, as a pet owner, you have to care for your pet to keep them free of heartworm. To do so, make sure you avoid mosquitos when outside with your pet. Mosquitos help the heartworm mature.
Make sure your pet is on a heartworm medication regimen and don’t miss any dosages.
For a Pflugerville vet who can diagnose and treat heartworm, come see us at Dessau Veterinary Clinic. We care for your pets as much as you do, and we want to see them healthy. Our compassion is what makes us stand out. We offer pet grooming, pet boarding, and even emergency veterinary care. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at 512-339-3177.
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