WHY IS HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE IMPORTANT?

We have all heard about heartworm prevention, but why is it so important?

HEARTWORM DISEASE IS COMMONLY DEADLY

Heartworm disease is when an infected mosqito bites your dog, they get infected, and the worms make a homestead i. The heart. It is never good when things het in the heart! So heart disease and it nasty symptoms start to develop.

WHAT ARE THOSE NASTY SYMPTOMS?

Heartworm disease symptoms start pretty mildly, but as they progress, it turns deadly.

EARLY DISEASE

  • Mild cough
  • Tired a lot
  • not eating as much
  • Mild weight loss

LATE DISEASE

  • Cannot excercise
  • Labored breathing
  • Consistent heavy cough
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Anemia
  • Heart failure
  • Pot belly (fluid)
  • Death

CAN IT BE TREATED?

Heartworm disease CAN be treated!! However, if the disease has already progresses to heart failure, there is very little we can do. Heartworm treatment can also be quite cost prohibitive.

Heartworm treatment costs 15x as much as a year’s worth of prevention!!

ARE WE REALLY AT RISK?

Absolutely!! Oklahoma is one of the highest at-risk states for heartworm disease! *Especially* in areas around lakes, rivers, and neighborhoods with pools.

HOW DO I TEST MY PETS FOR HEARTWORMS?

It is very easy! We can do a quick, in-house test! We need a few drops of blood and it takes 8 minutes.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG NEEDS TO BE TESTED?

Here is a quick guide that outlines our recommendations for heartworm testing!

CAN WE PREVENT IT?

Heartworm disease is easily preventable using preventatives!!

One chewy chunk a month or shot every 6 months to a year can pretext your pet from heartworm disease!

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR NEXT POST! We will delve into heartworm preventatives!

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