Canine Heartworm, often fatal disease, is very serious and is one of the most devastating diseases that any hunting dog has the unfortune to aquire. Heartworm prevention is simple and involves a food additive or a heartworm pill that your dog will actually think is a treat. Whether you elect to use a heartworm pill, a liquid or powder food additive or other option that your vet recommends, make sure you use it as instructed, whether that is weekly or monthly.
Heartworm can live in the dog’s body and work its way into all major organs and tissue, and finally the heart, which is what kills the animal. Heartworm is a parasite and mosquitoes are often to blame because they carry heartworm. However, your dog can also get heartworm from other animals like foxes and coyotes.
Prevention as treatment is the best bet for heartworm. You can find convenients pills and food additives. Also, make sure to keep his areas clean and give regular baths. Although most people administer heartworm medication in the sumer months, veterinarians believe tthat giving your dog the medicine every month is just as easy and more effective.
Symptoms of Heartworm
The first symptom noticed by the owner is usually a loss of weight. Sometimes a lack of energy or excessive coughing is also seen as well. Once the parasite infects the dog’s lungs, coughing will become more extreme and heavier. As the parasite spreads, things will only get worse. The first few months of a heartworm infection are usually unnoticed as the heartworms are busy propagating and are not spreading to infect and cause problems yet.
Diagnosis of Heartworm
A veterinarian will be able to diagnose a dog with heartworm through observation and blood tests. Treatment options will be based on whether the infection is male or female since they must be treated according to infection type. A double test will be done not only to determine whether male or female, but also to determine worm count. This will also how far the infection has advanced.
Heartworm treatment must be started as quickly as possible to avoid your dog becoming fatally ill and even spreading the disease to other dogs he may come in contact with. Sadly, if your dog is already ill with the infestation, there is often a reduced chance of them surviving treatment which may include Heartgard, Interceptor, Revolution or Advantage Multi.
The good news is that most dogs are healthy when they’re diagnosed and treatment is successful. Many veterinarians encourage you to have annual heartworm tests with your dogs regular annual visits which means that typically this infestation doesn’t have the chance to infect your dog.
Other dogs around the infected dog should be tested as well, as soon as possible. The disease tends to spread fairly quickly between dogs and testing is the only way to prevent or begin early treatment.
With prevention and proper treatment, this deadly disease can be avoided.
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