One bite from an infected mosquito is all it takes for heartworm to make its way into your cherished pet. These parasites are sneaky operators; your pet will show little to no symptoms at the early stages of infestation. It can take several months for them to show any signs. The good news is that our team is here to help you and your pet steer clear of these parasites. Call us at 613-725-3439 to find out how.
Why are heartworms so dangerous for pets?
Heartworms can reproduce exponentially. They travel throughout your pet’s blood vessels, heart, lungs and other organs. Heartworms can cause irreversible organ damage, blood clots, breathing problems, liver disease, and death if left untreated. Even when heartworms die, they can release toxins into your pet’s bloodstream that can cause long-term damage.
How can I protect my pet from heartworm?
Ensuring your pet takes year-round preventative medication is the best and easiest way to keep them protected. Our team can help you choose the right formula for your pet. Regular checkups are also crucial. This way, we can check for any heartworm, treat your pet as quickly as possible and prevent the infestation from progressing.
What are the signs of heartworm in pets?
Symptoms typically appear several months after the heartworms have already spread inside your pet:
- Dry and constant coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Sudden weight loss
- Increased fatigue