Heartworm: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know
I’m sure you’d rather not think about the potential of your dog having heartworm. Especially if you have a loving, playful, and energetic pet. The sad truth is that dogs are affected by heartworm disease each year in the United States. Heartworm is caused by a parasitic worm that is spread through the bite of a mosquito. The larvae travel to the heart where they live, mature, and reproduce. At any point, there could be up to 250 worms living inside the heart, with some worms measuring 12 inches in length.
Heartworm disease is one of the biggest threats to your dog. The prevalence of heartworm in dogs has increased as our climate has warmed and there are now more infected dogs than ever before. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, so it’s most common in regions of the country where the mosquitoes live and thrive.
If your dog has contracted Heartworm Disease, they will need a treatment plan that is catered to their specific needs. Heartworms can be treated with a variety of different medications, with varying degrees of success. It all depends on how severe the infestation is, whether any immature worms are present and if there are other underlying health issues that need to be addressed. The decision on which treatment plan works best for your pup will be made by your veterinarian based on test results and your dog’s individual needs.
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that is incredibly prevalent in the US, particularly along the southern border and in swampy regions of the south. Protecting your dog against heartworms means taking preventative measures year-round, even in winter! Be sure to consult your vet and take the appropriate steps to protect your pup. No dog owner likes to think about his/her four-legged friend suffering—so protect your best friend properly.
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Our dedicated staff at Stone Oak Veterinary Clinic will make sure to check out every aspect of your dog’s or cat’s health. We love getting to know the animals who will be in our care and want you to feel comfortable bringing your canine companion with us each time they need care. If you are worried about your dog’s health, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.