The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society says it is seeing more heartworm cases this year than ever. In their small shelter alone one out of every five dogs so far this year has tested positive. It is preventable. Any dog that goes outside can be bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease, and that’s all it takes. One bite can ultimately deposit worms in the heart of the animal. It can be prevented by going to the veterinarian, having a blood test, and several different products to prevent the disease. Heartworm is severe and can be fatal for an untreated pet. Symptoms include lethargy, coughing, and labored breathing. Corinne Martin from the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society also brought along Jimbo, a 4-to-5-year-old Tea Cup Chihuahua that will be available for adoption soon. For information, call 313-884-1551.
6 Facts About Heartworms & Warning Signs To Look For
These days, especially in southern states where summers are long, veterinarians remind us constantly of the safety of heartworm prevention. But how important is it? We’ll break it down below, including how the heartworm lifecycle starts in pets, symptoms to look for, and treatment options.
You may think skipping heartworm prevention won’t harm your pet severely. Unfortunately, this isn’t true, and heartworm disease is severe and can be fatal if untreated.
That’s why Emancipet offers preventative medicines and treatments for a fraction of the cost of a full-service vet. We want to make it easy and affordable for people to protect their pets.
One of the most important things to consider about Heartworm is that prevention is less expensive and less invasive than having to undergo treatments if your pet gets infected.
Although the treatment survival rate is high when the infection is caught early, avoiding disease in the first place wins every time. Keep reading to find out what happens if your pet contracts Heartworm.
So, what exactly is Heartworm, and why is it dangerous?