Heartworm disease is a prevalent problem for dogs and sometimes cats in our area. For this reason, we recommend owners learn a little bit about the disease, treatment, and prevention.
Heartworms are not typically a problem until they reach their adult size when they can be up to twelve inches long. As adults, they prefer to live in the right side of the heart and the lungs. For this reason, most dogs will have both lung disease and heart failure. Cats can also suffer from heart and lung disease due to these parasites.
When a dog has heartworms, treatment is necessary to avoid death. However, the treatment can be dangerous because the worms can cause problems as they die off. It is very important to watch the dog carefully during this process. Some dogs may need a second treatment. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats and affected animals may die suddenly with few or no warning signs.
Fortunately, heartworms are preventable. We recommend that you prevent heartworms instead of dealing with the disease and treatment. Here at Bridgeview Animal Hospital, we offer multiple options to prevent heartworms and also help with intestinal parasites, keeping your dog, cat and your family even healthier.
Please contact us to get your dog or cat started with a heartworm test and heartworm prevention today.