Dog Diseases - Heartworm

 
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  • Heartworm is a serious canine illness caused by parasitic infection (Dirofilaria immitis), which is passed through mosquito bites and affects the heart.
  • The parasite has an incubation period of several days, at which point it requires immediate medical treatment, as it can affect not only the heart and lungs but also other vital organs.

Symptoms:
  • Labored breathing
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain and Hemoptysis (bloody coughing)
  • Weight loss and listlessness
  • Fatigue after only moderate exercise.

Prevention:
  • Heartworm is easy preventable with an inexpensive, chewable pill available with a vet’s prescription.
  • If you live in an area with mosquitoes, it is important to administer regular (seasonal and monthly) preventative measures against heartworm.
Heartworm in dog
Treatment:
  • After diagnosis, a thorough examination of the infected dog should be conducted to evaluate the best course of treatment and the potential risks involved.
  • The most common course of treatment is a series of injections of drugs called adulticides into the dogs’ muscle.
  • This cure has a high success rate and usually requires hospitalization.
  • After treatment, your dog should be placed on a preventative medication to reduce the risk of infection.