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Heartworm Positive Dog At Pet Doctor In Rockwall

Rockwall Veterinarian Treats Heartworm DogThis is Sammie. Sammie was found abandoned close to a gas station in Louisiana. Sammie’s new delightful family brought her to Pet Doctor for a wellness exam.

Upon examination we discovered that Sammie is approximately three years old, not microchipped and heartworm positive. Unfortunately, heartworm disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito making any dog susceptible to the disease if they are not on proper prevention. Heartworms go through various stages prior to becoming adult Dirofilaria Immitis. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, the mosquito then consumes microfilaria (female adult mosquito offspring), which shortly results in an infected mosquito. This infected mosquito may then bite an uninfected dog giving him/her infected larvae, which will in approximately six months mature into an adult heartworm. Final stage of the cycle is for the adult worms to mate allowing the females to release microfilaria into the dog’s bloodstream. This cycle continues to occur with new mosquitos and dogs causing statistical numbers to rise.

Symptoms of heartworm disease vary depending on the number of heartworms residing in your dog, time period that your dog has been infected and how your dog is reacting to the disease. Symptoms may be coughing, lethargy, decreased appetite and others. Infected dogs rarely show symptoms during early stages, prohibiting us from knowing that they are at great risk of dying spontaneously. Fortunately, there are treatments for heartworm disease in dogs. Although treatments exist, there is no guarantee that your pet will react well to the treatments and survive.

Dogs are not the only pets at risk; cats are at a great risk as well. Heartworm disease differs in cats in a few ways. One being that no such treatment exists for heartworm disease in cats. Thus, both dogs and cats should be on monthly heartworm prevention for the rest of their life.

Heartworm injections have been administered, pain medication has been given and she will return in a few weeks a second heartworm treatment to get rid of any baby heartworms. A heartworm test in 6 months following treatment will reveal if she is then heartworm negative. Sammie is currently being restrained on her activity level as high energy may injure her internally during treatment.

The greatest treatment for your pet is prevention. So call Pet Doctor today at (972) 772-7777 and schedule an appointment to test your furry family member for heartworm disease as well as beginning/continuing heartworm prevention.

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