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National Heartworm Awareness Month: What You Should Know

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Did you know that this month is National Heartworm Awareness Month? Temperatures are rising, and mosquito season is right around the corner, which makes now an excellent opportunity to learn how to safeguard your four-legged family member. At Capital Blvd Animal Hospital, our veterinarians supply effective heartworm prevention products in Raleigh and will help you give your dog a happy, healthy life. Keep reading to discover more about heartworm and how you can protect your pet.  

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Heartworm disease is caused by heartworms transmitted via bites from infected mosquitos. Once inside a suitable host, the worms grow up to 12 inches in length and live in the heart, blood vessels, and lungs, causing severe damage. When left untreated, the worms grow and multiply continuously, which leads to further problems, including poor health and, in some cases, a decreased life expectancy.

The symptoms of heartworm disease include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue, especially after exercise
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Reduced appetite
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Light-colored gums
  • Labored breathing or shortness of breath

How to Prevent Heartworm

Heartworm is extremely hard to treat. And even when treated, the damage left behind {is is irreversible}. As a result, heartworm prevention is vital for dogs. Heartworm preventatives are readily available in a few different forms, including chewable pills, injectable medications, and topicals.

The American Heartworm Society suggests keeping your canine companion on an effective heartworm preventative medication throughout the entire year.  All dogs also need annual heartworm testing, even if they are on a preventative. While heartworm medications are very effective, it is still possible for a dog to contract heartworm disease. Annual testing allows vets to begin treatment immediately if heartworms are detected.

Protect Your Dog with Heartworm Prevention in Raleigh

For safe and effective heartworm prevention in Raleigh, depend on our skilled and compassionate team. Our veterinarians offer heartworm screening and will help you determine which medication is most suitable for your beloved pet. With our assistance, your canine companion will enjoy a long, healthy life free from parasites. Call to make your dog's appointment today.

 

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