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The month of April has been deemed Heartworm Awareness Month to raise awareness about this common pet health issue. Heartworm disease affects thousands of dogs and cats across Texas and the surrounding states every year. Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of heartworms, as they carry heartworm larvae. When left untreated, the larvae grow into worm-like parasites and reside in the affected animal’s heart and lungs.
Heartworms can only be detected through extensive physical examination and advanced bloodwork, so an animal can be infected for several months before heartworms are detected. Pet may begin showing signs of heartworms after a few months of becoming infected. Some warning signs of heartworm disease to look out for include:
Heartworm disease can cause sudden death, and there is no known cure for cats (although there is one for dogs). For these reasons, it is extremely important that you take all necessary preventative measures. Luckily, there are a few simple measures pet owners can take to prevent heartworm disease, including preventative medication that can be administered orally or topically. make sure to talk with the veterinarians at Creekside to find out which heartworm medication is right for your pet.
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.
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!