Heartworm is one of the “silent killers” of our loyal companions. It most commonly affects dogs, but cats can get them on some occasions. At the early stages of infestation, there are hardly any symptoms. This is why prevention and early detection are of great importance. Fortunately, our team can help keep your pet protected. Call us at 403-615-8016 to book an appointment.
How can I protect my pet from heartworm?
We recommend taking the following steps:
- Ensure they get heartworm testing at least once per year
- Ensure they are on preventative medications all year round (both indoor and outdoor pets need constant protection)
- If you notice any signs of heartworm (swollen belly, persistent cough, weight loss, fatigue, etc.), please book a checkup immediately so we can diagnose and treat as soon as possible
How do pets get heartworm?
Pets get heartworm through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito introduces heartworm larvae into your pet’s bloodstream. Then, they mature into heartworms, reproduce, and spread through different parts of the body.