Dove Mountain Veterinary in Marana Provides Heartworm Treatment
Internal parasites are a common problem that can leave pets with a variety of troubling symptoms. Heartworm is one of these pests, and acquiring them can cause serious illness or even death. Prevention is key to protecting your pet from illness and will allow you to avoid expensive treatment bills. At Dove Mountain Veterinary, our Marana, AZ veterinarians can perform heartworm testing to determine if your pet has heartworms, provide treatment, and recommend prevention medications to protect your pet's health.
Heartworms are worms transmitted by the bite of a mosquito that travels to an animal’s heart and lungs, weakening them and inevitably leading to death. The transmission occurs when a mosquito bites and infected animal and feeds on the blood. Tiny, immature worms are then transferred to the next animals the mosquito bites. These worms then migrate to the heart and lungs through blood vessels. They then lodge in these organs and reproduce. Symptoms include a cough, difficulty breathing, intolerance to exercise and poor condition. Heartworm treatment is available, but it is expensive and can be risky. Fortunately, medications are available to prevent heartworms from setting up a home in your pet’s body.
Other Internal Parasites That Affect Pets
Your pet can harbor a number of other internal pests, including roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms. The animal may experience vomiting, diarrhea, poor appearance, and you may even find the live worms in your pet’s stool. You can prevent worms in your pet by cleaning yards and litter boxes frequently and train your pet to stay away from other animals' waste. Your Marana vet can advise you on the right prevention medications for your pet's needs.
Get Heartworm Testing and Prevention At Your Marana Veterinarian
Your Marana veterinarian can do tests for heartworm and other internal parasites at the office. If the test is positive, the vet can provide heartworm medication that must be administered on a monthly basis to prevent heartworms in the future. This medication will also eliminate roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Veterinary experts recommend providing this medication throughout the year for proper protection against heartworms.
Make Dove Mountain Veterinary Your Veterinarian in Marana, AZ
Dr. Beth Newman and the friendly staff understand how important your pet is to you. We work hard to provide a range of veterinary services to patients in Marana, AZ and surrounding communities. Our state-of-the-art facility can provide testing for heartworms and advise you on the best ways to ensure your pet’s health at every stage. Call Dove Mountain Veterinary today at 520-448-9690 for an appointment to learn more about the medications that can protect your pet from heartworms and other parasites.