Pet Heartworm Prevention

According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, heartworm infections across the country are up.  This potentially deadly condition is spread by mosquitoes, and it only takes one bite to infect a pet. Once infected, heartworm can do severe damage to a pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels.

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Pet Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is hard to detect during its onset. Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced. At that time, symptoms may include coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and a swollen abdomen. While cats are much less likely to be susceptible to full-on heartworm infection, they can suffer from a heartworm-related respiratory condition that is very difficult to diagnose.

While there is heartworm treatment available for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. There is currently no treatment for cats.

As always, the best treatment is prevention! Our veterinarians advise keeping your pet on heartworm prevention year-round. Be advised if your pet has not previously been on heartworm prevention, he or she will need a heartworm test before starting on one. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 212-691-1100.