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At Home Heartworm and Parasite Prevention

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Marana-based Veterinarian Discusses Parasite Prevention at Home

For cats and dogs both there are many parasites that can cause serious damage to their health. Probably the most notable parasitic disease is heartworm disease. Spread through mosquitos carrying microscopic eggs of the worm, heartworm disease can be fatal in animals. The disease develops when the microscopic eggs transform into foot long worms living in your pet's heart, lungs, and blood vessels. There are many other parasitic worms that can damage your pet's overall health including hookworm and roundworm. Hookworms can cause severe anemia in animals while roundworms can eventually infect an animal's lungs causing respiratory distress.

What can I do at home?

Luckily, there are several at home preventatives available for your pet. Most of these are administered in a 30 or 90 day cycle year round. Typically parasitic preventatives are a simple pill or chew that your animal ingests. These preventatives are extremely effective at controlling the spread of parasitic worms, proving to be nearly 100% effective when administered as prescribed.

What can my veterinarian do to help?

The best way to protect your animal from a parasitic disease is to routinely take your pet for wellness exams. During the exam, your veterinarian will perform testing to ensure your animal does not have an active infection. While heartworm disease is a little more serious to treat, many parasitic worms can be treated with a simple de-worming medication. Of course, the best medicine is always prevention. Talk to your veterinarian today about what preventative medication is right for your pet.

Contact Your Marana-based Veterinarian for More Information

At Dove Mountain Veterinary we care about animals. We understand your pet is a member of the family and should be treated like one too. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Marana, Dove Mountain Veterinary is home to some of the best and most caring veterinarians. Please call us today at (520)-448-9690. We are conveniently located at 12110 N Dove Mountain Blvd, Marana, Arizona 85658. We take care of your pets as if they were our own. Please schedule an appointment today and become part of the Dove Mountain Veterinary family.

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