Boyd Lake Veterinary Center Offers Heartworm Prevention
Mosquitoes carry a number of diseases, but they also carry parasites, like malaria and heartworms. These worms can have a serious effect on your pet’s health and can be difficult to treat. Prevention is the best way to protect your pet against heartworm disease. At Boyd Lake Veterinary Center, we offer testing, prevention, and treatment for heartworms.
What Is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious disorder that can threaten the life of your pet. The worm larvae are transmitted to animals by the bite of a mosquito. The microscopic larvae travel to the heart and lungs, where they grow and reproduce, causing severe health problems for your pet. Symptoms include frequent coughing, fatigue, reluctance to exercise, problems with breathing, enlargement of the liver, and fluid in the abdominal cavity. Annual testing for heartworms is recommended by veterinary organizations.
Diagnosing Heartworm Disease
Your Loveland vet will take blood from your pet to detect antigens that are produced by the adult worms. If heartworms are suspected, further blood tests, x-rays, and ultrasound testing will be done.
Treatment of Heartworm Disease
Treatment of heartworm disease can be rigorous. A strong anti-parasitic drug is administered, and the animal is closely monitored for reactions. Finally, the animal is re-tested after six months to ensure all the worms and larvae have been eliminated. If not, re-treatment may be necessary. Treating heartworms is an extensive process, and surgery is sometimes needed to remove the worms from the body.
Heartworm Disease Prevention
Heartworm prevention medications are administered by taking a monthly pill or by using a topical drug. Injections can also be given that provide protection for 6 months. These medications should be given throughout the year for optimum protection.
Make Boyd Lake Veterinary Center Your Veterinarian in Loveland
Dr. Tyszko, Dr. Doherty, and our team at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients in Loveland, CO, and the surrounding areas. We offer a range of veterinary services, including examinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, grooming, daycare, and boarding. Call Boyd Lake Veterinary Center today at 970-593-1717 for an appointment to have your pet tested for heartworm disease and to learn about effective preventative medications.