Protect Your Pet from Heartworm with our Loves Park Veterinarians
Preventing heartworm disease plays an essential role in protecting your pet from serious medical conditions. Heartworm prevention is much easier than treating heartworm after your pet has already been infected, so you want to take measures to discuss your options with our veterinary team at Animal Hospital of Loves Park.
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is a potentially life-threatening condition in pets. ‘Heartworm’ refers to a parasitic worm that infects the heart and lungs of your dog or cat. Heartworm affects both dogs and cats,
Mosquitos pass the parasitic worms into your pet's body. The worms then travel to the heart or lungs of your pet and grow to adulthood. When the worms reach their full size, they cause harm to your pet's organs. Areas with a higher rate of mosquitos have a higher risk of spreading heartworms to your pet.
Heartworm Treatment and Prevention
Heartworm treatment and prevention starts with regular visits to our veterinary clinic. We check your pet for signs of the condition and provide appropriate medication to kill the worms in your dog. There are limited treatments for your pets, so you want to catch the parasites early to limit the damage to your pet's system.
You can also take measures to reduce your pet's risk by limiting exposure to mosquitos. Use topical sprays or cover areas of your outdoor space with mosquito netting to limit exposure. You can also discuss alternative ways to keep mosquitos away from your pets and limit the risk heartworms in your pet. We may suggest medications to further reduce the risk to your pet throughout the spring and summer months.
Contact our Veterinarian in Loves Park for Heartworm Prevention
Caring for your pet starts with providing him or her with the right care. Parasite prevention is a key part of pet safety during spring and summer. To learn more about preventing heartworm disease in your pets or to set up an appointment at Animal Hospital of Loves Park, call (815) 986-4445 today.