Care for your pets requires more than just training them and taking them out for walks. Part of this care includes protecting your pets from diseases and parasites. Our veterinarian at Oaks North Animal Hospital in San Antonio, TX provides both treatment and prevention for many of these diseases and parasites.
What Are Heartworms?
Heartworms are a type of parasite that affect dogs. Mosquitoes carry these parasites and transfer them to dogs and other animals through bites. As heartworms grow in an unprotected animal, they clog and damage their host’s heart and lungs. A heartworm infestation can lead to severe complications. While dogs are more likely to be hosts for heartworms, cats can become infested as well. Because of this, it is important to ensure all of your pets are protected from heartworms.
The most common way to prevent your dogs from getting heartworm is by getting them a prescription from a veterinarian for preventative medicine. Typically, this is going to require you to give your dogs a chewable pill. In addition to giving your pets a heartworm preventative, it is important to visit our veterinarian regularly for regular exams to ensure your pets stay in good health.
There are a few signs that your dogs may be suffering from heartworms. Lethargy, frequent coughing, and rapid weight loss are all symptoms caused by heartworms. If your pets are exhibiting these symptoms, schedule an appointment for them with our veterinarian as soon as possible. If your dogs have heartworms, they will need to be treated for heartworms before preventative treatments can be taken.
Contact Our Animal Hospital for Heartworm Prevention from Our Veterinarian
If your dogs are showing symptoms of heartworms, visit our animal hospital. For more information on heartworm and how to treat it, contact Oaks North Animal Hospital in San Antonio, TX today to set up an appointment. Call our team today at # or contact us through our website to schedule your pet’s appointment.