Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can lead to the death of your cat, dog, or another pet. Heartworm treatment and prevention are essential for protecting your pets. Our veterinarians at Animal General in Manhattan will answer any questions that you may have regarding heartworm disease.
Heartworm Treatment and Prevention
Let’s cover what heartworm disease is and how it is transmitted. Heartworm disease is caused by Dirofilaria immitis, which are parasitic worms that are transferred through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes are intermediate hosts, which means the worms do not reproduce inside the mosquitoes, they only hitch a ride.
Dogs, cats, and some other mammals act as the definitive host. Once the Dirofilaria immitis worms infect a dog or another pet, they begin to grow and reproduce. They can grow out of control and begin to clog your pet’s circulatory system, leading to cardiovascular issues, including death.
Veterinary medicine makes it possible to both treat and prevent heartworms. Prevention is the best form of treatment. Our veterinarians will prescribe various medications, such as monthly oral pills, to prevent heartworms from making themselves at home in your pet.
Controlling mosquito populations can also help reduce the risk of your pets contracting heartworms. There are many pet-friendly solutions for controlling mosquitoes on your property. If it is too late for prevention, our veterinarians will use medication to kill off the heartworms. In the later stages of the disease, medication may no longer be enough and surgery could be necessary. During the later stages, heartworm disease can be fatal even with veterinary care.
Flea and tick prevention are also important for dogs, cats, and other pets. Ticks can spread deadly diseases. The infamous bubonic plague was spread by fleas. Both ticks and fleas can cause serious problems in your household. Fortunately, with proper veterinary care, it is possible to prevent fleas and ticks. Various medications, collars, and topical treatments can drive away fleas and ticks. Talk with one of our veterinarians at our animal hospital to learn the best option for your pet’s age and breed.
Get Heartworm Protection in Manhattan
If your dog or cat is not on any form of preventative care for heartworms, fleas, or ticks, our veterinarians at Animal General can help. Call our team today at 212-501-9600 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.