If you're the proud owner of a cat or dog, you need to make sure you're doing everything possible to protect your pet from diseases that can be fatal and hazardous to their health. One of the worst infections that your pet can undergo is a heartworm infection or infestation. Heartworms as dangerous, parasitic creatures that can pose a threat to your pet's life and overall well-being. A good heartworm treatment consist of preventative care through heartworm prevention.
At Hamilton Hills Animal Hospital in Noblesville, IN, we can help protect your pet against these parasites by offering help with parasite and heartworm treatment! We know how difficult it can be to remember to keep up with your pet's health, which is why we'll do the hard work for you and do a complete physical check-up on your pet. This gives a good overall picture of their health and can be a great way to begin preventative heartworm care.
What Are Heartworms?
Heartworms are parasites that resemble long tapeworms. However, instead of latching on to the intestinal track of your pet, they can latch on to the heart and feed off the heart muscle tissue and blood supply. Heartworms can be difficult to treat, and they can spread to pets through mosquito bites.
Cats, dogs, and even ferrets can all fall susceptible to heartworms. The way to tell for certain if your pet is infected with these parasites is to get a full blood panel done. There are blood tests that can help your veterinarian determine the presence of the heartworm, and whether they're male or female, including whether the parasite is spreading within your cat or dog.
Symptoms can also indicate the presence of heartworm, including:
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
Can a Veterinarian Provide Heartworm Treatment?
Our veterinarian can help treat your pet's heartworm through medications such as injections, although it is not guaranteed that these will help remove parasites. A better treatment for heartworm can be preventative care. A chew can be all that is needed to protect your dogs and cats against this type of parasite.
Our vet may also order follow-up bloodwork to ensure your pets are not undergoing the effects of heartworm, such as kidney failure and organ failure, and that they are gone for good.
Get Pet Treatment for Parasites, Including Heartworm, with the Help of Our Veterinarian