Have you ever wondered what a heartworm is or how it affects your pet's health? Heartworms are parasites transmitted by mosquitoes that attack a dog's lungs, heart, vascular system, and other organs. Heartworm disease caused by these heartworms can be devastating to a dog's health, and even fatal, if not caught and treated early.
Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
Signs of heartworm disease may include:
Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockage of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. Without prompt heartworm treatment, few dogs survive.
The Cost of Treating Heartworm Disease
The cost of heartworm prevention ranges from $5-$15 per month. Compare this to the cost of treating heartworm which can range from $400-$1000. Treatment can also entail injections and oftentimes, hospitalization of your pet is required.
While heartworm medication is highly effective, i'ts not 100% effective. This is why we encourage our clients to bring their dogs in yearly to get tested.
We recommend following the American Heartworm Association's counsel that you give your dog their heartworm preventative medicine 12 months a year and bring them in every 12 months for their heartworm test.
If you've noticed any of these symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian right away. If you live in the Cypress, Northwest Houston, Spring, or Tomball area, call us at 281-970-0601 to schedule your dog's heartworm test right away.
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