Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease
Your furry friends are part of your family, and making sure they remain happy and healthy requires effort on your part. Making sure your pet is seen by a veterinarian for a yearly exam and is provided with preventative medication against harmful diseases is one part of good pet parenting. Heartworm disease is one of those diseases that you have to protect your pet from, as it is a severe condition that can damage the heart and lungs. If you are looking for veterinary care and advice in the Lewistown or Mifflintown area, Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic can meet your needs.
What Is Heartworm Disease?
Parasitic roundworms cause heartworm disease, and they are transmitted with a bite of a mosquito. The mosquito gets the worms from an infected animal and then carries them until it passes them to a new host. It is named heartworm disease because once the worms mature, they live in and cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs. If your pet does not receive treatment right away, it can become fatal.
Some symptoms of heartworm disease to look for are lethargy in a usually active dog, a persistent cough, trouble breathing, weight loss, and a loss of appetite.
With this disease, the best heartworm treatment is prevention, such as having your pet tested for heartworms annually and giving your animal preventative care. You can include a heartworm test during your pet’s annual wellness exam. If your pet is healthy, our veterinary professionals can recommend the best heartworm treatment to prevent those worms from growing in your animal’s body. There are several forms you can choose from, such as a topical, chewable, and an injection shot. Ask our veterinary team about what treatment method would work for your pet.
In addition to providing protection to your pet, you can also use mosquito repellents to prevent it from biting your animal.
Contact Either of Our Two Veterinary Clinics in Lewistown and Mifflintown
Preventing heartworms is a crucial part of your pet's comprehensive healthcare. Make an appointment today to talk to one of our friendly veterinarians at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic about heartworm prevention. Our numbers are 717-248-4703 or 717-436-9790.