Clinton Hill Animal Hospital - Heartworm Prevention
Your Source for Heartworm Prevention in Brooklyn
Pets face so many threats to their health and wellness, and some of the biggest dangers issue from the smallest enemies -- such as mosquitos, which can cause a potentially deadly heartworm infestation in your pet. Heartworm is notoriously difficult (and sometimes even impossible) to treat effectively, but you can keep it away from your pet through the proper preventative care. Either veterinarian here at Clinton Hill Animal Hospital, Dr. Dendtler or Dr. Gooden, will be happy to provide heartworm prevention in Brooklyn.
A Deadly Danger to Your Pet's Heart and Lungs
The worms for which heartworm is named actually get their start in your pet's body as larvae which have been injected into the bloodstream through a mosquito bite. The larvae migrate to the heart and lungs, where they grow into long, thin worms. In dogs, the number of these worms can reach the hundreds, resulting in major cardiopulmonary impairment and eventual heart/lung failure. Dogs may live with these worms for years, showing increasing signs of respiratory distress, fatigue, and general illness as the infestation worsens.
Cat's bodies respond to heartworm somewhat differently, but with no less serious results. The number of worms may be much lower, but they can produce violent autoimmune reactions as well as a debilitating respiratory problem called Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Seizures, fainting spells, or even sudden death may occur.
Your Brooklyn Veterinarian Can Help Keep Heartworm at Bay
While heartworm in dogs can be treated, the procedure is a long and arduous one, and it doesn't always work the first time. Cats are fortunate because the worms that invade their bodies are more likely to spontaneously die off -- but they're also unfortunate in that the treatment that works for dogs would be fatal for them, leaving them with no safe treatment protocol whatsoever. Clearly, prevention is the key to keeping your pet free of heartworm -- and your Brooklyn veterinarian can help.
A regular course of monthly preventative medications, started as early as safely possible and continued for life, can wipe out heartworm larvae before they have a chance to become mature worms. Some of today's heartworm medications also protect against other kinds of worms and even fleas, allowing us to safeguard your pet against multiple parasitic threats at once. It's absolutely critical that you administer this medication every month without fail because even a few larvae growing into adult worms can lead to major problems.
Protect Your Pet Against Heartworm -- Call Clinton Hill Animal Hospital
We offer a free consultation for new patients, so if your pet is new to us, why not devote that free first visit to helping him receive the heartworm protection he needs? Call Clinton Hill Animal Hospital at 718-623-3999 to schedule this important appointment with our Brooklyn veterinarian. We want to help your pet live a happy, healthy, heartworm-free life!