Yearly Testing for Heartworms in Dogs like the American Water Spaniel

Every year you should schedule an annual wellness check up for your dog. Whether your dog is active, inactive, outdoors, indoors, old or young, he should have routine vet visits for vaccination updates and yearly testing for diseases such as heartworm disease. Heartworms are long worms that can invade a dog’s bloodstream making their way to the heart, lungs and other vital organs. They can cause a blockage in the bloodstream leading to shock and organ failure. Dogs like the American Water Spaniel are generally tested for heartworms once a year. Dogs testing negative continue with a monthly prevention medication to protect against heartworms. Dogs that test positive must undergo aggressive treatment immediately to kill the heartworms. Even after the heartworms are depleted, dogs may have symptoms and side effects for years to come. For more information about the disease, consult with your Washington DC veterinarian. Or click this website Brentwood Animal Hospital.


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