Akaal Pet Hospital Offers Heartworm Disease Prevention & Treatment
Heartworm disease is caused by microscopic larvae that are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Left untreated, this disease can make pets very sick, and can even threaten their lives. At Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights, CA, we provide heartworm treatment, as well as the preventative medications that can help your pet avoid this serious disease.
Understanding Heartworm Disease
Heartworm larvae are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. These insects bite infected animals, and the microscopic larvae are released into the bloodstream of the next animal it bites. These larvae migrate through the bloodstream and into the heart and lungs, where they grow and reproduce. As they grow larger and more numerous, they negatively affect the function of the heart and lungs. Infected animals may cough frequently, may tire easily with exercise, or may lose weight. Cats with the disease often vomit, have diarrhea, and show poor condition.
Your veterinarian can test your pet’s blood for signs of heartworms. In the case of a positive heartworm test, a vet will then begin treatment. Standard treatment for heartworm disease includes the use of medications to eliminate adolescent worms, antibiotics, and steroids to reduce symptoms. Limiting activity during and for a time after treatment is critical for infected animals. Re-testing after a period of time ensures that no heartworms remain in the body. There is no standard treatment for cats, but antibiotics, cortisone, and oxygen therapy can help manage symptoms.
Prevention of Heartworm Disease
Your vet can provide medications that prevent heartworm disease in your pet. The oral form of the drug is administered on a monthly basis. An injectable form is also available that protects pets for up to 6 months. When given on a consistent basis, these drugs are highly effective in preventing heartworm disease in pets. Your Citrus Heights vet will be happy to discuss these medications with you and advise you on the best type for your pet.
Choose Akaal Pet Hospital for Veterinary Care in Citrus Heights
The veterinary team at Akaal Pet Hospital use their many years of experience with animals to provide the highest quality care for their patients in Citrus Heights, CA, and the nearby communities. We can provide a range of services, including wellness exams, preventative care, surgery, diagnostics, senior pet care, urgent care, and pharmacy services. Call Akaal Pet Hospital today at 916-729-7779 for an appointment to have your pet tested for heartworm disease and to learn about prevention and treatment of this veterinary health problem.