It is important to have your pet tested for heartworms. Heartworms are a dangerous parasite that can cause permanent damage to your pet’s vital organs, and even death. Your O’Neal Lane Pet Hospital veterinarian can determine what treatment is most effective for your pet if a heartworm infection is detected. If there are no signs of infection, there are many preventative treatment options available, including oral, topical, and injectable medications to protect your pet to help them remain heartworm-free.
Heartworms can affect many species of animals, but are particularly deadly in canines. A heartworm infection can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and other organs. Annual testing and preventative treatment is recommended. A simple blood test can detect the presence of the parasite, after which further testing may be needed. Radiography and echocardiography may also be used to determine any damage to the heart or cardiovascular system if an infection is diagnosed. If it’s time for your pet’s routine heartworm testing, or you are unsure of your pet’s medical history, make an appointment today with your O’Neal Lane Pet Hospital veterinarian to have your pet tested soon.