Heartworm disease is one of the most common types of parasitic infections that animals can get. Heartworms can be particularly dangerous because it is hard to tell if your pet has the disease; there are rarely any outward or clear signs of an infection until it is too late. We at Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital serving Logan, UT Utah, know a lot about heartworm disease prevention. We also offer exotic animal care as well as heartworm prevention and heartworm treatments from a veterinarian at our animal hospital.
Fortunately, there are a lot of heartworm prevention medications on the market that have been proven to be safe over decades of use in millions of pets. While a veterinarian on our team can go over many different options, most medication is given in to a pet on regular intervals.
Heartworm pills, as they're commonly called, work by introducing a chemical to the heart that poisons and kills any heartworm larvae that your pet may have picked up while playing outside. The chemical does not harm the pet, and many animals never even notice that they are on heartworm medication.
Heartworms are present in mosquito and transmit the heartworm vis a mosquito bite. This means that heartworms can potentially infect your pet anytime that they are outside during the summer, that is, anytime that they are near mosquitos that can bite them. Therefore, it is important to have regular heartworm prevention given to your pet so that they do not get infected. It might also be useful, just in general, to keep your pets away from mosquito infested areas.
You may want to ask about medications that combine heartworm prevention with flea and tick prevention.
If you live in the Logan, UT Utah area and your pet needs to be put on heartworm prevention or given heartworm treatments, give our animal hospital a call at (435) 752-2151 Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital. Heartworms can affect all animals, including many exotic animals. Fortunately, a veterinarian at our animal hospital can provide exotic animal care.