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National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

What Exactly is Heartworm Disease?

The month of April has been deemed Heartworm Awareness Month to raise awareness about this common pet health issue. Every year, thousands of unprotected dogs and cats across Texas are at risk for a potentially fatal affliction known as heartworm disease. Mosquitoes carrying infectious heartworm larvae transmit this disease to a variety of small animals when they bite them and allow the larvae to enter the bloodstream. If left untreated, the infectious larvae grow into worm-like parasites and set up shop in the affected animals’ hearts and lungs.

 

7 Symptoms of Heartworm Disease

Because symptoms don’t always surface immediately, it can be months before heartworms are detected in an infected animal. It is only through extensive veterinary exams and advanced bloodwork that we are able to diagnose a pet with heartworm disease. Pets may begin showing signs of heartworms after a few months of becoming infected. Some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Coughing
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Weight loss
  • Periodic vomiting
  • Fluid accumulation in the abdomen

 

Heartworm Treatment

It’s important to know heartworms can lead to sudden death, so it is essential to take the necessary preventative measures to protect your dog or cat. While dogs can be treated for this disease once they contract it, there is still no known cure for cats who have heartworms. The great news is this disease is easily preventable! There are multiple heartworm preventative products available that can be administered both orally and topically. The veterinarians here at Creekside Pet Care Center know which heartworm preventative is right for your pet, so do not hesitate to reach out for more information.

 

Save on Heartworm Prevention

We know providing the necessary care for your pets can be costly. Fortunately, Creekside proudly offers heartworm prevention at a discounted rate with our Pet Wellness Plan! For an easy monthly payment, you can give your pets the preventative care they need AND save up to 10% on all included heartworm and parasite-prevention items.

Learn More

If you have any questions or concerns about heartworm disease, heartworm prevention or our Parasite Prevention Plan, do not hesitate to give the doctors at Creekside a call. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to stay up to date with current veterinary happenings!