Just one bite from an infected mosquito is all it takes for your pet to get heartworm. These tiny creatures may look harmless enough, but they can cause a multitude of problems for your furry friend. To make sure they are protected, our team is here to help. Give us a call for more details on our heartworm services.
What are the first signs of heartworm?
The worrying thing with heartworm is that there are hardly any symptoms at the early stages of infestation, or if the pet only has a small amount of heartworms. This is why regular checkups are so important; heartworm exams are included during these consultations. Blood tests and scans are the best way to know for sure. That being said, some symptoms you can watch out for are:
- Persistent, dry coughing
- Bulging ribs
- Heavy breathing
- Weight loss
Do indoor pets need heartworm prevention?
Yes! Even if your pet spends all their time indoors and lives in a high-rise condo, they still need protection. They also need protection all year round, as heartworms can be active even during colder temperatures. There may be fewer mosquitoes in the winter, but they can still spread heartworm during this time. Year-round prevention is key.
What does heartworm do to my pet’s body?
If left untreated, a heartworm infestation can cause lung disease, heart/liver/kidney failure, irreversible organ damage and death. Heartworms can grow up to a foot long and take over your pet’s internal organ system.