Could your pet have heartworms? It may not be as unlikely as you think. Heartworms can be found in all 50 states, so no matter where you live, it's important to take the right steps to protect your pet's health. Here at the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, we can help with preventative medicine for heartworms. We're also able to treat existing heartworm infections. Here's why this parasite isn't a threat to take lightly.
What Are Heartworms?
Heartworms are a common type of parasite that live inside an animal host. As their name implies, heartworms are a type of worm that live in a pet's heart and blood vessels. They are most common in dogs, although cats can get them too. Heartworms are very destructive to an animal's health and pets can die of a heartworm infection without treatment. Even after treatment, it may not be possible to reverse the damage done by heartworms. That's why preventative medicine is the best way to fight this type of parasite.
How Are Heartworms Spread?
Heartworms are spread through mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, either another pet or a wild animal such as a fox or coyote with worms, the mosquito becomes a carrier. If the infected mosquito bites your pet, the heartworm larvae can get into your pet's bloodstream.
How Can I Protect My Pet from Heartworms?
A heartworm infection can persist for years without causing many symptoms. The best way to protect your pets is to have them tested for heartworms at our animal hospitals on an annual basis. Our veterinarians can tell you whether your pet needs any additional preventative heartworm care, such as medication.
Keep Your Pet Safe from Heartworms with a Visit to Our Council Bluffs Veterinarians or Our Glenwood Veterinarians
Bring your cat or dog to the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs or Glenwood Veterinary Clinic in Glenwood to keep them healthy and heartworm-free. With regular care, your pet is far less likely to be infected by these dangerous parasites. Call our animal hospitals today to make an appointment with an experienced veterinarian. For our Council Bluffs clinic, call us at 712-323-0598. For our Glenwood clinic, call us at 712-527-9454. You may also reach out to us thru our website.