Heartworms are a potentially deadly parasite that can infect dogs as well as cats. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states but is especially prevalent in warm, moist climates like southeast Louisiana. Transmission of immature heartworms to our pets occurs from the bite of an infected mosquito, where they enter the bloodstream and begin to mature. Without the benefit of a heartworm preventative, these heartworms will migrate through the animal and can cause damage to the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and even death. Fortunately, the compassionate veterinarians at Plains Veterinary Hospital can test for heartworm infection, prevent this potentially fatal disease, as well as treat heartworm disease in the event your precious pet becomes infected. Our doctors at Plains Veterinary Hospital have many years of experience in dealing with heartworm disease in the Zachary and Baton Rouge areas and they look forward to caring for your precious pet as well.
What are signs that my dog may be suffering from heartworm disease?
There are signs that your dog may be suffering from heartworm disease, including decreased appetite, weight loss, coughing, and fatigue. However, many canines do not show outward signs that they have heartworms. If you have not had your dog tested for heartworm disease, or if it has been some time since their last test, please bring them to the caring professionals at Plains to be tested appropriately.
How can I determine whether my dog has heartworm disease?
At Plains Veterinary Hospital, we have accurate blood tests that can determine whether or not a canine has heartworm disease in a matter of minutes. These tests detect a protein known as an antigen that is produced by mature female heartworms, and you will typically know your dog’s heartworm status before you leave our clinic.
What if my dog has heartworms?
Fortunately, treatment is available in the event your canine has heartworm disease. Call us today to discuss treatment options for your pet.
It is important to remember that heartworm prevention is always less expensive and more efficient than treatment after contracting the disease. Plains Veterinary Hospital offers multiple options for heartworm preventative medicine, and our experienced veterinarian will help you select one that is right for you and the lifestyle of your constant companion.