Heartworm Prevention for Dogs and Cats

By Valley Vet Supply

Your dogs and cats are important members of your family, thus, you take every step necessary to safeguard their health, such as ensuring they receive a monthly heartworm disease preventative... right?

If your furry friend isn't on a monthly heartworm disease preventative, he could be at serious (and potentially fatal) risk. Both dogs and cats are susceptible to heartworm disease. Transmitted by infected mosquitoes, each bite can introduce heartworm larvae into your pet's bloodstream, affecting an unprotected pet's very well-being. Once infected, parasitic worms develop and live in the arteries of the lungs and in the heart. Symptoms of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as the number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months.

Heartworm Life Cycle

Symptoms of heartworm disease can include:

  • * Cough
  • * Difficulty breathing
  • * Lethargy
  • * Reduced or excessive appetite
  • * Reduced or excessive water intake
  • * Weight gain or loss
  • * Difficult or discolored waste
  • * Abnormal discharge
  • * Head shaking, scratching, licking or coat irregularities
  • * Limping or stiffness
  • * Lumps or swelling
  • Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive, making the disease almost 100% preventable. With a variety of once-a-month oral remedies available, you can help protect your pet from the dangers of heartworm disease.

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