Heartworms are a major health issue here in the Mid-South. Below is important information on how to protect your furry family members!
What are heartworms?
- Heartworms are roundworms that live in the heart and lungs of mammals. They begin as a form of microfilaria, or worm larvae, living in the blood of mammals, and are spread by mosquitoes.
How do I know if my pet has heartworms?
- Pets with heartworms may have asthma-like symptoms, vomit, or have no signs at all.
- Dogs with heartworms will typically have a cough that worsens after exercise and may also become listless, lose weight and cough up bloody phlegm.
How are heartworms diagnosed?
- A blood sample is tested to determine if heartworms are the cause of your pet's symptoms.
- Monthly preventatives are available for cats and dogs. More information is below.
- A chest x-ray determines the severity of infection, and tells us which course of treatment is needed. Your dog is then hospitalized to receive treatment. After 4 months a blood test is given, and if negative your dog is assumed to be free of heartworms. Previously infected dogs are put on protection to prevent additional infection.
We Recommend the Following Products for Heartworm Prevention