Northside Veterinary Clinic

Heartworm Prevention for Dogs and Cats

You have to hand it to those pesky mosquitoes. Not only do they annoy man and beast alike, but they also carry an especially nasty scourge to unprotected dogs and cats.

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite (worm), that literally could live in your dog or catís heart. The microscopic larval stages are passed from one dog or cat to another when the mosquito takes a blood meal. The immature heartworms migrate to the heart and lungs as they develop over the next few months. The presence of the worms interferes with the heartís ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. Consequently, the heart and lungs fail to function properly, and the dog or cat becomes very sick. It can even be fatal.

We recommend that you protect your pet against heartworms. Screening and prevention is the best course because treatment of the disease can be difficult, costly, and potentially dangerous. Since it only takes one mosquito to pass along heartworm disease, even indoor pets can benefit from annual screening and prevention.

We like to take a quick and simple blood test before preventative medication is started to make sure your pet does not already carry this dangerous parasite. For more information on heartworm prevention, please call Northside Veterinary Clinic to make an appointment with us. Our staff would be happy to discuss the importance of heartworm prevention with you.


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