Heartworm Prevention and Treatment

Heartworm Prevention and Treatment

Cats and dogs are prone to heartworm disease, even if they do not spend time outdoors. For this reason, taking precautionary steps to protect your pet from this disease is necessary. Contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson if you believe your pet is suffering from this condition or if you wish to have your pet protected against it. Here is some information about heartworm disease including how veterinary care can help when needed.

sick dog with heartworm

What Heartworm Disease Does To A Pet

Heartworm disease is a condition that is caused by infected mosquitoes. If a mosquito bites your pet, it contacts the disease into its body. Small worms will then grow in the pulmonary vessels of your pet's body. They will continue to grow in the heart and lungs and can cause a fatality to occur.

Signs Your Pet May Be Suffering From Heartworm Disease

There are a few symptoms that indicate your pet is already suffering from heartworm disease. A cat or dog that has contracted this problem will likely have a persistent cough as the parasites infect the lungs. They may become increasingly fatigued and lose their appetite, which often leads to weight loss. Heart failure may occur in the later stages of this disease. Often pets will have an enlarged abdomen from this disease. If your pet is showing any of these signs, contact our veterinarian for an assessment as soon as possible.

Protecting Your Pet Against Heartworm Disease

The best way to protect your pet against heartworm disease is by seeing our veterinarian to obtain medication as a preventative measure. This needs to be administered to your pet each month for full protection against this disease. In addition, take steps to minimize the mosquito population in your yard. Remove water sources and consider using citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away from your property.

How Veterinary Care Will Help Treat This Disease

Our veterinary team will assess your pet's condition and take appropriate action to treat your dog or cat as needed. Unfortunately, cats cannot be totally treated if they have already contracted the disease. For this reason, it is best to take preventative treatment actions to keep your pet protected. Medication can be administered to a dog suffering from the condition. Giving your pet medication monthly will stop the condition from occurring altogether. Our vet will provide you with a prescription.

Contact Our Twin Peaks Veterinary Clinic in Tucson, AZ!

If you believe your cat or dog is suffering from this disease, or if you would like to obtain heartworm treatment to protect them from this condition, contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson for veterinary care. Call our practice today at (520) 572-8300 to find out more about the services provided.

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