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Our pets have a special place in our lives. They're our constant companions and oftentimes our best friends. That's why it's so important to keep them healthy. One important way to keep your pets healthy is to protect against heartworm, which is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. Once a dog or cat gets heartworm, it can be very difficult to treat. That's why it's so important to be proactive in preventing this deadly disease. At Jane Animal Hospital in Toronto, we're well equipped to help dogs and cats avoid getting heartworm. Read on to learn all about heartworm, how to prevent it and how we can help.
Because most dogs and cats spend at least a little bit of time outdoors, they're exposed to a variety of parasitic creatures. Some of these creatures include mosquitos and similar disease carriers. When a dog or cat gets bitten by a mosquito, it can be exposed to parasitic worms, which can infiltrate a dog or cat's heart and lungs, causing heartworm. This can become extremely dangerous, as it can lead to progressive cardiopulmonary failure and cause death.
How do you know if your pet has heartworm? If dogs have heartworm, they usually cough a lot, their energy level can significantly decline and they may have pale gums and fluid on their abdomen. If cats get heartworm, they usually vomit, lose weight and begin to suffer from respiratory problems that seem like asthma symptoms. In both dogs and cats, untreated heartworm can lead to lung and heart failure, resulting in death.
Once a dog or cat has heartworm, it can be very difficult to treat. That's why heartworm prevention is so important.
At Jane Animal Hospital in Toronto, we know that your pets are huge parts of your family. You want them to be around for as long as possible... and we do too! That's why we recommend a proactive approach to heartworm treatment.
We're more than happy to put your dog or cat on a schedule of preventative heartworm medications. Many of these medicines come in both oral and topical forms and are usually given monthly. In addition, we have an injection that protects against heartworm for up to six months at a time. By making an appointment with us, we can discuss all possible heartworm prevention options so you can make the best choice for your pet's unique needs. However, before any heartworm prevention can be administered, your pet must first be tested for heartworm. If your dog or cat tests positive for heartworm, he or she can't take preventative medications. It's a good idea to have your pet tested for heartworm if you move to a region in which heartworm is popular or if your pet has gone a long time without heartworm medication.
We really can't stress the importance of heartworm prevention enough! To protect your beloved dog or cat from this serious threat, let our experienced Toronto veterinarians here at Jane Animal Hospital administer the proper heartworm preventative care or treatment. To schedule this today, please call us at 416-762-5558. We hope to hear from you soon!