Heartworm disease is a serious and often fatal disease for many pets, but it is preventable and treatable. Our team at Berkley Pet Hospital in North Hollywood would like to help you learn more about this condition, how it affects pets, and the steps you can take to prevent heartworms.
Understanding Heartworm Disease
Heartworms are parasites that live in the blood vessels of the lungs and sometimes the heart. When left untreated, they grow to become large in size and number, often causing the following symptoms:
- Chronic coughing
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty staying active
Heartworm diseases can cause trouble in many major organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Fortunately, if it is diagnosed early, there are heartworm treatment options available. Heartworm disease is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Protect Your Pet
While this disease is scary and easily transmittable, it is also preventable. The following tips can help you protect your pet.
1. Limit Your Pet’s Exposure to Mosquitoes
As mosquitoes are the main culprit in spreading this disease, one of the preventative measures is to try to prevent contact with mosquitoes. Here are a few ways to do that:
Don’t let your pet outside too often, or at least limit their outdoor exposure.
Make sure there is no standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. If it is around, you can bet they will be, too.
Use plants or candles. Some people have success lining their yard with citronella plants. Others light candles when they are outdoors to keep mosquitoes away.
2. Work with Your Veterinary Care Specialist
While working to prevent mosquitoes in your yard is essential, it shouldn’t be your pet’s only method of protection. There are plenty of heartworm treatment and prevention medications available. Furthermore, there are several flea and tick prevention options to help keep your pet free of heartworms. Work with our veterinarian to find the best option for you and your pet.
Contact Our Veterinarian in North Hollywood, CA
By putting heartworm, flea, and tick prevention methods to work, you can reduce the chances of your pet suffering from these pests. If you are looking for quality veterinary care in or around West Hollywood, call our team at Berkley Pet Hospital today at (818) 763-6221 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.