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Posted on 04-19-2018
Heartworms can be detrimental to your pet's health. In fact, when left untreated, heartworms can be fatal. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent your pet from getting heartworms. This includes knowing what symptoms to look for, what treatment options are available, and how your veterinarian in Winter Garden can protect your pet from getting them.
If you live in Winter Garden, or the surrounding area, including Montverde, Windermere, Apopka, and Ocoee, you need to be aware of what kinds of parasites have the potential to harm your pet. Some of the most common types of parasites include:
Other parasites include different types of intestinal parasites (worms), such as hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. Some of these parasites are external while others are internal, meaning they can live inside the vital organs of your pet. Parasites, such as heartworms, can cause your cat or dog to become seriously ill, and they can even be fatal.
There are some things you can do in order to prevent heartworms. One of the best things you can do is have your pet examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis. You will also want to pay attention to any odd symptoms, such as coughing, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, and decreased appetite. While there is no vaccination for heartworms, our veterinarian may prescribe heartworm medication for your puppy or kitten that can help to prevent the disease.
If you think your dog has heartworms, our veterinarian will do a heartworm test and if heartworms are detected, your pet will be put on a series of oral medications, placed on heartworm prevention and treatment scheduled.
If you want to prevent your pet from getting heartworms, or you need to get your pet tested for parasites, contact Winter Garden Animal Hospital at 407-656-4132 to schedule your appointment. We also service Montverde, Windermere, Apopka, and Ocoee, FL.
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