Heartworm Treatment and Prevention at Creekside Animal Hospital and Wellness Center
Dogs and cats are prone to a great many dangerous conditions -- and one of the most frightening of these issues is heartworm infestation. These internal parasites can devastate your pet's internal organs and even cause death. You can't afford to take any chances with heartworm, which is why you need to bring your pet to Creekside Animal Hospital and Wellness Center. We can provide lifesaving heartworm treatment and health-preserving heartworm prevention for Lafayette & West Lafayette pets.
The Dangers of Heartworm Infestation
When you think of parasitic worms, mosquitos aren't the first mental image you're likely to summon. But heartworm infestations in pets start out as mosquito bites, with the mosquito injecting immature heartworms into your pet's bloodstream. As these invaders settle in the heart and lungs, they grow into long tangles of worms -- especially in dogs, who may play host to hundreds of worms at a time. These worms eventually interfere with cardiopulomary function, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, lack of appetite, and lack of exercise tolerance. It may take several years for a dog to die from this miserable infestation.
Cats experience heartworm infestation, but in a different manner than dogs. Cats rarely host more than a few worms at a time, and those worms may not grow into their adult form. Even so, heartworm in cats can lead to a condition called heartworm associated respiratory disease. Vomiting, weight loss, seizures, fatigue, and abdominal bloating may also occur. If the worms die off suddenly, they can even trigger an acute, fatal inflammatory reaction.
Expert Care for Lafayette & West Lafayette Pets
Heartworm treatment is no simple matter. Our veterinary team can treat heartworm in dogs through an elaborate, extended process of medication therapy. After killing all the immature worms and administering steroid and antibitoics drugs, we then administer a second round of medication to kill the adult worms. This form of treatment, hiwever, is too dangerous for cats, who may die from the resutling inflammatory reaction.
Prevention is the easiest and smartest way to protect your pet from heartworm. We can prescribe monthly medications that prevent these parasites from taking hold in your pet's body. Many of these medications offer the fringe benefit of protection against other kinds of parasites as well.
Keep Your Pet Well -- Call Our Veterinary Clinic for an Appointment
Don't let your pet succumb to the devastating effects of heartworm. Call our office at (765) 742-0140 to schedule treatment and preventative care in Lafayette & West Lafayette!