According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, the incidence of heartworm across the country is up. As you may already know, potentially deadly heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, and it only takes one bite to infect a pet. Once infected, heartworm can do severe damage to a pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels.
Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced. At that time, symptoms may include coughing, fatigue, weight loss and a swollen abdomen.
While there is heartworm treatment available for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. There is currently no treatment for cats. As always, the best treatment is prevention! Our veterinarians advise keeping your pet on heartworm prevention year-round. Annual heartworm testing and monthly preventative are important parts of your dog’s health. Call us at 707-839-9414.