Heartworm is a serious disease found in pets that can result in negative side effects such as heart failure and lung disease. Heartworms can be found in both dogs and cats, as well as in other animals. As a pet owner, it is important to be aware of this disease and the negative impact it can have on your pet’s health and overall well being.
Heartworms can be transmitted from one pet to another through mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry heartworm larvae and if an infected insect bites your pet, it can contract the disease. Heartworms can live in a pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels and can remain inside of your pet for many years. According to the American Heartworm Society, once heartworms are mature, they can live for up to 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 to 3 years in cats. Heartworm disease is potentially fatal, which is why it is necessary to take the proper precautions to prevent your pet from getting the disease.
A variety of different heartworm medications are available to help protect your pets from the disease. These medications are safe and easy to administer and are often given monthly either orally or through topical treatments. Heartworm prevention is a year-round task; do not assume that your pets cannot contract the disease in the wintertime. Another benefit of heartworm medication is that it can also protect against other parasites and infections, making yearly protection even more crucial. Pet owners play an enormous role in heartworm prevention and it is essential to remember to give your pets their medicine regularly. Compared to the potential dangers your pets face if they contract the disease, heartworm prevention and medication is inexpensive.
Call us at (843) 795-7574 if you have any questions about heartworm disease or medicine. You can also visit The American Heartworm Society to learn more about heartworm disease and prevention today.