Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that dogs and cats are susceptible to. Each bite from an infected mosquito can introduce heartworm larvae into your pet’s bloodstream and infect an unprotected pet. Once infected, parasitic worms develop and live in the arteries of the lungs and in the heart. Clinical signs 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 prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive, making the disease almost 100% preventable in dogs and cats. Once-a-month oral remedies include Heartgard, Heartgard Plus, Interceptor, Iverhart Plus, Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Sentinel Spectrum, Tri-Heart Plus and Trifexis. Once-a-month topically applied solutions include Advantage Multi for Dogs and Advantage Multi for Cats.

Heartworm Life Cycle

Symptoms of heartworm disease can include:

  • * Cough
  • * Difficulty Breathing
  • * Lethargy
  • * Reduced or Excessive Appetite
  • * Reduced or Excessive Water Intake
  • * Marked Weight Gain or Loss
  • * Difficult or Discolored Waste Elimination
  • * Abnormal Discharge
  • * Head Shaking Scratching, Licking or Coat Irregularities
  • * Limping or Stiffness
  • * Lumps or Swelling
Heartworm Heart

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