What Pet Owners Must Know about Heartworm Disease

 

Heartworm disease is a very serious and potentially fatal in the United States for all breeds of dogs and cats. Foot-long worms (heartworms) live in the heart, lungs and adjoining blood vessels in affected pets which causes severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to surrounding organs. Dogs are the hardest hit when affected with these worms, compared to cats. In dogs, heartworms can live, mate and produce offspring increasing in numbers and severely affecting a dog’s quality of life. In cats, most worms do not survive to the adult stage and therefore do not reproduce. However, immature worms cans harm a cat and cause respiratory disease. Prevention is the only means to protect your cat and dog from heartworm disease. The professional veterinarians at Ambassador Veterinary Hospital in Union City, NJ have outlined the symptoms and best prevention tips to protect your pet against this deadly disease.

Heartworm Disease Prevention Tips

 

Heartworm disease is very serious and regular testing from your vet, along with preventative medicine, should be administered frequently. Since prevention is the only way to ensure your pet is not injected with this potentially deadly disease, we’ve provided our top 5 tips to prevent heartworm disease in your dog and cat.

 

Administer At-Home Medicine: There are many available medicines to help prevent your dog or cat from contracting heartworms. They come in pills, chewable treats, spot treatments and injections; you should choose the method that your vet believes will works best for your pet.

 

Stick to the Schedule: In order to provide the best care for your pet, you should stick to a strict schedule. Pills are ingested monthly, while topicals & shots are given in 6 month intervals. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

 

Veterinary Testing: Annual testing from a professional veterinary clinic for heartworm is necessary. Your vet will usually process the test right in the hospital or send the same to a lab. The test takes just a few minutes and is not painful to your pet.

 

Limit Exposure: Heartworms are transmitted when an infected mosquito bites your exposed dog or cat. To prevent a bite, make sure there is no standing water in your yard from bird baths, gutters, rain water, etc. You can also contact a local pest control company to spray your backyard with repellents (100% all-natural and safe for your family).

Schedule Heartworm Disease Test Today

 

The only way to ensure your cat or dog is not infected with the potentially deadly heartworm disease is to consistently administer the medication prescribed by your veterinarian. Even missing just one cycle can put your pet in a very vulnerable position. If your pet is not currently on preventative heartworm medication, call our veterinary practice today at 201-863-4072. We’ll set up an appointment so you can bring your dog or cat in right away to begin testing, diagnostics and preventative.

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Ambassador Veterinary Hospital veterinary clinic in Union City NJ
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Ambassador Veterinary Hospital Union City NJ Heartworm Disease Test
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Ambassador Veterinary Hospital veterinary clinic in Union City NJ
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