April is National Heartworm Awareness Month which is why we want to use this opportunity to educate pet owners about the importance of prevention.
Heartworm is contracted via mosquito bite and can pose a serious threat to pets. Adult heartworms can live for up to five years and have the ability to produce millions of microfilaria. These worms clog major blood vessels leading to the heart which can lead to organ failure in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. By the time a pet is diagnosed with heartworm, they could be carrying hundreds of them.
Symptoms of heartworm disease include:
- Dry cough
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Loss of stamina
You can learn more about heartworm from the American Heartworm Society.
When it comes to heartworm, prevention is key. Keep your pet safe - and retain your peace of mind - by putting them on a monthly heartworm preventative.
If you have any questions or you'd like to schedule an appointment, call us at (815) 398-6484.