Tips To Protect Your Pet Against Heartworms

Pets with heartworms can manifest symptoms ranging from mild to severe coughing, loss of appetite, poor exercise tolerance, weight loss even with usual food intake, and breathing difficulty. If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. There is a simple blood test that can be performed to determine if your pet is positive to heartworms. Here are some important tips to prevent your pet from developing heartworm disease:

  • Follow a year-round preventive heartworm program to ensure adequate protection of pets against heartworm throughout the year. 
  • Because heartworms are mosquito-borne parasites, you should take steps to eliminate the mosquitoes in your area. Take note that even during very cold weather, mosquitoes carrying heartworms can still survive and feed on dogs.

Be sure to have your pet tested for heartworms during specific times/dates designated by your veterinary clinic Ellicott City, MD. These tests are necessary to make sure that your pet is not carrying heartworms, even if you have been observing preventive precautionary measures to protect your pet.


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