Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease caused by a blood-borne parasite. Your dog can get heartworm if bitten by an infected mosquito. As the parasite grows, it can impact numerous internal organs and eventually kill your dog. At Kindred Care Pet Hospital, we have provided pet owners in Richmond, TX, with heartworm prevention services for many years.
Our Veterinarian Recommends Prevention
Heartworm treatment is complicated and often expensive. We recommend using regular preventive medications so that your pet can avoid the disease. Preventives are oral medications that you can deliver at home. Most protect for at least one month and are available in a six-pack. We recommend that you continue treatment year-round.
Heartworm Treatment Options
If your dog does contract heartworm, early detection is key to a good outcome. Shots are delivered over several months. If detected early enough, we give your dog one dose, wait 30 days, and do two follow-up doses. The medication can be hard on your dog, so our veterinary clinic recommends a gradual treatment. A course of antibiotics may also be recommended to prevent any secondary infections.
Late Stage Heartworm and Treatment
When you adopt a canine companion that already has heartworm or the disease isn't diagnosed until the infection advances past the heart and into other organs, your dog may need a different treatment plan. In severe cases, our veterinarian may recommend surgery. Whether diagnosed early or late, one of the most critical components of successful heartworm treatment is rest. Try to keep your dog calm and limit exercise.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Richmond
Call Kindred Care Pet Hospital today at (281) 265-0009 for more information on heartworm or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.