Oct 16 2013

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Every dog that is not on monthly heartworm prevention is at risk for acquiring heartworm disease. Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitos. If your pet is bitten by a mosquito that is carrying heartworm larvae, the larvae can be left behind and enter through the bite wound and find their way to the veins. Over the next few months, they develop and migrate into the arteries of the lungs (where they can grow up to a foot in length) and can cause lung inflammation and heart failure.

A few symptoms of heartworms are coughing, difficulty breathing, energy loss, dizziness and even death. You may not always notice the symptoms of heartworms, but that does not mean that your pet is not infected.

We recommend annual testing to make sure that your furry friend is negative for heartworms. This is done with a simple blood draw and an in-clinic test that only takes 10 minutes to run.

Once your pet has tested negative for heartworms, we can start them on monthly prevention. This medication is a flavored tablet, such as Sentinel, that you give monthly to help insure your pets’ health. Not only is Sentinel a heartworm prevention, but it also helps prevent intestinal parasites such as hookworm, whipworm, roundworms and also sterilizes fleas.

For more information on Sentinel please call Fischer Veterinary Clinic at (830) 625-1440 or visit: http://www.sentinelpet.com/

For more information on Heartworms please call Fischer Veterinary Clinic at (830) 625-1440 or visit: http://fischerveterinaryclinic.com/client-resources/pet-health/articles/?rid=773

 

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