The parasite begins its life cycle in the blood stream and lives in the heart as an adult. A heartworm infection decreases cardiac function and can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the heart. Left untreated heartworm disease can be fatal.
Heartworm / Pest Control / General Prophylaxis
Heartworm is a blood parasite that is transmitted to our pets by mosquitoes.
Traditionally, heartworm has been thought of as a disease of the dog only. Current research has found significant heartworm disease in cats, even exclusively indoor cats! (Consider how often we find mosquitoes inside our homes.) We will be glad to answer any questions concerning heartworm disease in cats and its prevention.
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The question is often asked as to why a dog has to be tested for heartworms on an annual basis. Heartworm prevention is a significant commitment to your pet’s overall well being and quality of life. When given correctly and diligently, risk of your pet contracting heartworm disease is extremely low, however no preventative provides a 100% guarantee. The annual heartworm test is done to ensure that your pet is getting the best quality of care possible. If an infection is detected early, the risk of permanent damage to the heart decreases and the treatment is more likely to be successful.
Many of the heartworm preventative medications also include a de -wormer as well. Now, not only do they prevent heartworm infections, but they also remove and control roundworm and hookworm infections in the gastrointestinal tract. Although mosquitoes may not be around in the cold winter months, your dog may still be exposed to these parasites. Here at Mendakota Animal Hospital, we recommend keeping your pet on heartworm preventative year round for these additional benefits.
There have been significant strides in veterinary medicine in the prevention and treatment of external parasites such as fleas and ticks. It is exciting to be able to prevent parasitic infections from occurring to begin with. Our staff would be glad to explain the different preventatives and treatments available, if you have any questions please give us a call at (651) 688-9245