Heartworm Prevention and Treatment
As pet owners, it's our responsibility to keep our furry friends healthy and happy. Our veterinarians at Fairlea Animal Hospital can help you understand the risks and create a prevention plan tailored to your pet's needs. If your animal companion has already been infected, our veterinarians can provide the right heartworm treatment. We serve pet owners in Fairlea, Lewisburg, and the surrounding communities.
What Are Heartworms?
Heartworms are long, thin worms that live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of infected animals. These parasites are transmitted by mosquitoes, which is why it's vital to take measures to protect your pet from these pests. While heartworms can infect any animal with a circulatory system, they are most commonly found in cats and dogs.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition. Preventative treatment is also much less expensive than treating an infection that has already occurred. That's why it's so important to be proactive in protecting your pet.
The Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
The symptoms of heartworm disease vary depending on the stage of the infection. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms at all. As the disease progresses, however, your pet may begin to show signs of fatigue, weight loss, and a cough. If left untreated, heartworm disease can cause organ damage, heart failure, and death.
How to Prevent and Treat Heartworm
As we mentioned, prevention is the best medicine when it comes to heartworm disease. There are a variety of heartworm preventative treatments available for cats and dogs, including oral medications, and injections. Our veterinarians at Fairlea Animal Hospital will help you choose the best heartworm prevention treatment for your pet based on your pet’s individual needs. We will also provide you with instructions on how to properly administer the medication, as well as any other information you need.
If your pet has already been infected with heartworms, don't worry, there are treatment options available. Heartworm treatment is typically a two-step process that involves killing the adult worms and then preventing re-infection. That way, your pet can get back to living a happy, healthy life.
Visit Fairlea Animal Hospital for Heartworm Prevention
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can be fatal, but it's also preventable. At Fairlea Animal Hospital, we can help you choose the best heartworm prevention treatment for your pet and provide the information you need to keep your furry friend safe from these parasites. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians and live in or around Fairlea or Lewisburg, call our team today at (304) 645-3550 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.