Prevent and Treat Heartworms
Protecting your dog or cat against heartworm disease is an important task. Seeking assistance from a veterinarian at Williams-Sebby Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort in San Marcos is your best option to ensure a long and healthy life for your pet. Here is some important information about heartworm disease to read over so you understand how it is spread, how to avoid it, and why veterinary care is necessary to help your animal.
How an Animal Contracts Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease is spread via transmission through the bloodstream by an infected mosquito. During the warmer months of the year when mosquitoes are abundant, a pet could easily become infected, especially if they spend time outdoors. If a mosquito that has the heartworm disease within its body happens to bite your pet, the disease will transfer to the animal's lungs and heart. Small worms will grow in these areas, making it difficult for the pet to breathe when the worms grow in size. Heartworm disease causes infected animals to cough and wheeze. Eventually, their organs will not work properly and death could occur.
How to Protect Your Pet from Heartworm Disease
An efficient way to protect a cat or dog from heartworm disease is to give them monthly pills prescribed by our veterinarian. It is extremely important to adhere to a schedule to ensure your pet receives a pill on time so there is no lapse in protection. The pills should be taken even in the cooler months of the year as mosquitos could get into the home.
In addition to medication as a preventative measure, taking steps to keep the mosquito population on your property at a minimum will help to reduce the chance of transmission of disease. Remove any standing water from your property so mosquitos do not have a readily available breeding area. Use citronella candles to deter mosquitoes from areas where your pet frequents as well.
Why Veterinary Care Is Important For Pets
Bringing your cat or dog to our veterinary is best if you believe your pet is suffering from heartworm disease. One of our skilled veterinarians will examine your pet and run tests to diagnose this disease. Dogs can be treated for heartworm disease with medicine. Cats, however, do not have an available medication to stop the progression of this disease. If your cat does have heartworm disease, our vet will make recommendations regarding lifestyle changes that will help your pet live their life as comfortable as possible.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Contact Williams-Sebby Veterinary Clinic & Pet Resort in San Marcos for veterinary care to help protect your animal from heartworm disease and other medical conditions. Call our practice today at 512-396-1996 to make an appointment for your pet or to ask us more about preventing heartworm disease.