As a devoted pet owner, you want to ensure your pet leads a healthy and happy life. However, did you know that there's a hidden danger that could be threatening your pet's heart? Heartworms - these parasites can silently invade your pet's bloodstream, posing serious health risks. However, we are here to offer heartworm testing and protect your beloved companion from these parasites. To book now, call us at 902-468-7387.
What is heartworm disease, and how do pets get infected?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition caused by parasitic worms that reside in the heart and lungs of infected animals. These parasites are transmitted through mosquito bites. When an infected mosquito bites your pet, it leaves microscopic heartworm larvae in their bloodstream, where they mature into adult worms. Early detection through heartworm testing is crucial, as the disease can be challenging to treat once it progresses and may be fatal in some cases.
Can heartworms really cause serious health risks for my pet?
Unfortunately, yes. Heartworms pose significant health risks for your pet. When left untreated, these parasitic worms can invade your pet's heart and lungs, leading to severe and potentially life-threatening conditions. Heartworm disease can cause symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and even heart failure. Early detection through heartworm testing is crucial to ensure timely intervention. Don't take any chances - schedule a heartworm test for your pet to keep them safe!
How often should my pet undergo heartworm testing?
The frequency of heartworm testing may vary depending on your pet's age, health status, and risk of exposure to mosquitoes. In general, we recommend annual heartworm testing for all pets to catch any potential infections early on. Additionally, if your pet is not on year-round heartworm prevention or if there have been lapses in preventive treatment, more frequent testing may be necessary. Our veterinarians will assess your pet's individual needs and create a heartworm testing schedule tailored to their specific circumstances.