How to Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease can have a serious impact on the health of your dog or cat, so prevention is key to keeping your pet safe. You can work with your Winnipeg veterinary expert to assess the risk level of your pet and utilize heartworm prevention products alongside your normal flea and tick prevention tactics. When you take a measured approach to the protection of your pet’s health, you can rest assured that you have done all you can for them.
Importance of Heartworm Prevention
Heartworms are parasites that invade the circulatory system of pets through the bite of a mosquito. The parasite makes its way to the heart where it lives and reproduces at an alarming rate. When infected with heartworms, the heart muscle cannot properly pump blood through the body. As a result, advanced heartworm conditions are usually fatal and even heartworm treatment can really take a toll on pet’s health.
Facts About Heartworm Treatment
If your pet has heartworm, the vet will need to complete the treatment process before starting heartworm prevention medications. The treatment process involves the use of injectable medications that kill the adult heartworms and allow the body to absorb the worm fragments. Your dog or cat will need to remain restful to avoid putting excess strain on the organs, especially if advanced heartworm disease caused organ damage.
After treatment, your pet can take heartworm prevention medications to keep these invaders at bay throughout life. Heartworm prevention medications are the only way to keep these parasites from infecting your pet if you live in a high-risk area.
How Your Winnipeg Veterinary Professional Can Help
Since heartworm prevention medications are essential in keeping your pet safe from these parasites, work with your vet to find the best brand and dose for your dog or cat. You can schedule your pet’s next wellness appointment by giving the team at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre a call at 204-452-0911. We look forward to helping you keep your pet safe from heartworms.