The veterinarian team at Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, NM, specializes in heartworm treatment and eliminating parasites from all pets. We have the expertise, knowledge, and medication to prevent or remove parasites from your pet.
Heartworm and other parasites can be deadly for any animal. Your pet doesn’t have to face this threat when they receive prompt and timely preventative measures. Prevention and treatment technologies are widely available at your veterinarian’s clinic.
Heartworm Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment
Heartworm disease is a severe condition that will, untreated, progress to the point of choking off the blood flow to your pet’s heart, resulting in death. Every pet owner should be aware of the symptoms, prevention methods, and treatments.
Although the symptoms of heartworm disease will vary, depending on the stage your pet is suffering, it is essential to observe, monitor, and note the signs. Then, you must get your pet to a vet immediately for treatment.
These are several symptoms of heartworm disease in your pet:
- appearing sickly
- easily fatigued
- loss of appetite or weight loss
- bulging chest
- difficulty breathing
There are many FDA-approved heartworm preventative medications on the market. They are regulated, so you will need a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase them. Prevention medications are relatively inexpensive and easy to administer. Keep in mind that there are no natural heartworm preventives.
Heartworm is spread by mosquitos in all U.S. states and Canada. Not only will an infected animal suffer terribly, but untreated heartworm disease will result in death. Treatment medications, veterinary costs, and regimens are extremely expensive and tedious. No pet deserves to suffer from such a preventable disease. The best treatment is prevention.
These are steps to treat a heartworm infection:
- Diagnostic testing and lab work.
- Chest x-rays.
- Exercise restriction.
- Hospitalization to kill heartworms.
- Medications and multiple injections to kill adult heartworms.
- Surgery to remove the heartworms, if warranted.
- Continuing exercise restriction.
When an animal is diagnosed with heartworm, the vet will create a customized treatment plan. It will include a breakdown of costs, treatments, and what to expect from the experience for both you and your pet.
Arrow Animal Hospital Treats Heartworms in Pets
Our veterinary team at Arrow Animal Hospital offers the most innovative preventative and treatment therapies for heartworm disease. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality, customized, compassionate veterinary care to eliminate the threat of heartworm to all animals.
Our preventative and treatment approaches include:
- De-worming puppies at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age.
- Yearly examinations.
- Advice for a well-balanced diet with supplements.
- Recommendations to monitor your yard for cleanliness, avoiding fluid, feces, animals, and mosquitos.
Don’t Wait to Start Prevention or Treatment
If you suspect your pet may have heartworm disease, do not delay getting it to a vet immediately. We can help. If caught early on, it is possible to kill the heartworms, remove the threat, and allow your pet to live a long, happy, and healthy life.