It's important to initiate heartworm prevention to save your pet's life. At TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX, we want to help prevent heartworms from developing in your pet. If you want more information on heartworm prevention and want to know how to help your pet, read on. You can also visit us so that we can help prevent heartworms from developing in your cat, dog, or ferret.
What Are Heartworms?
A heartworm is a type of parasite that latches on to the heart of your cat, dog, or ferret. By latching onto your pet's heart muscle, this parasite can feed off of your dog, cat, or ferret and continue to wreak havoc on the inside of their bodies. Unlike other animals, these types of pets are good hosts for these types of parasites.
Heartworms can spread easily from dog to dog or cat to cat through the bite of a mosquito. When they infect your cat or dog, your pet can show signs and symptoms including:
- Persistent cough
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in mood
- Sickly appearance
- Trouble breathing
- Signs of heart failure
Why Heartworm Prevention is Key
Although heartworms can be treated with medication, this is a costly treatment that might not be completely effective. In ferrets, there is no treatment for heartworm, but there is an effective treatment to prevent heartworms from developing. If your pet is infected with heartworms, this can be fatal and can lead to organ damage such as kidney and liver failure. The only effective treatment that can save your pet's life is heartworm prevention. It's recommended you get your pet heartworm prevention through chews and topical ointments every 12 months, as well as get them veterinary care every 12 months to check for heartworms.
Save Your Pet's Life with Heartworm Prevention
At TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX, we have provided pet owners in El Paso, TX, with reliable heartworm prevention services for many years. Call us today at (915) 592-6200 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.