At Pershing Animal Hospital in Hyde Park, we are here to make sure that your pet is in good hands. That means providing a number of veterinary treatments for diseases that could impact your furry friend. Heartworm disease is one of those conditions that can affect an animal's heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Dr. Jewell and our team would like to look at what you need to know about heartworm disease and its treatment.
What is Heartworm Disease?
Also known as Dirofilaria immitis, heartworm disease is a parasitic worm that spreads throughout the host, often residing near the heart. This infection can result in damage to the animal's cardiovascular system, pulmonary vessels, and tissues. During a heartworm infection, the worms will go through several life cycles while inside the host. The worms may migrate to the muscles, chest, or abdomen of the animal.
Signs and Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
Coughing, fatigue, and difficulty breathing are the telltale signs of heartworms. Some of the worst signs include vomiting, diarrhea, and fainting spells. If your pet is showing a sickly appearance, then it is worth getting a checkup with your local veterinarian.
Heartworm is Common
Heartworm disease is most frequently found in dogs, cats, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bears, and even humans. This disease is reported in over 100,000 dogs in the United States, making it somewhat common for pets to deal with. Because it can be fatal, pet owners should seek care for their cat or dog if the animal is exhibiting signs of the disease.
How Veterinarians Provide Heartworm Prevention
Pets can take a variety of medications to prevent heartworm infections. Ivermectin, milbemycin, and moxidectin are often prescribed for cases of heartworm disease. Heartgard Plus may be the most popular preventative drug available, with its formula protecting the pet from heartworm spread. Surgery is a less common treatment option, with the pet undergoing a surgical procedure to remove the parasites. Consult with Dr. Jewell to learn more about the best treatment plan for your pet.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Hyde Park, IL
Is your pet showing signs of heartworm infection? It is time for a comprehensive pet examination. Pershing Animal Hospital is a leading veterinary clinic based in Hyde Park. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide your furry friend the quality care it needs to stay healthy for years to come. Call our team today at (773) 288-8888 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.