Heartworm Prevention in Newmarket, ON
Call our Animal Hospital in Newmarket for Heartworm Prevention Tips and Medications at 905-830-0437 905-830-0437
North Yonge Veterinary Hospital knows the importance in educating pet owners on keeping their four legged friends healthy. And as we all know, prevention is the best medicine. In fact, we have a special interest in heartworm prevention and disease in dogs.
A study on heartworms in dogs in Canada, one which was published by the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, reports that this disease is on the rise.
There is no need for panic, heartworm disease is easy to prevent
Our animal hospital in Newmarket provides regular heartworm testing and we offer highly effective preventive heartworm medication to ensure your dog is healthy. This includes an annual preventative program which involves giving your dog a monthly chewable tablet or topical solution to the skin. Either type of preventative destroys the undeveloped heartworms spread by mosquitoes and eliminates the cycle of the parasites.
The medications we offer not only prevents heartworm disease, but it also treats and controls other types of parasites that includes fleas, ticks, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
We stress regular testing because your dog could be at risk of heartworm disease in fall, winter, spring and summer.
First up, we highly encourage that your dog undergo a heartworm blood test. This is a simple process and doesn’t take long at all. This disease primarily affects dogs, but cats too can also suffer from it. At our animal clinic we perform the 4DX heartworm test, which also runs a screening test for several tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease.
Heartworm disease may result in severe illness or even death, so acting early will ensure your dog’s health. Treatment for heartworm disease is available, but it is costly and doesn’t guarantee your pet will be free from danger.
Many people assume that there are early warning signs of this disease. This is far from the truth. This disease is normally detected once it has progressed and the damages to the internal organs are usually irreversible.
What are the symptoms of heartworm disease?
Symptoms of heartworm disease include a chronic cough, general listlessness, laboured breathing, and even weight loss. Your dog may also show signs of tiring easily when walking or running. In some cases they may even collapse due to heart failure.
Talk to our staff today about heartworm disease and prevention. You will be happy you did and so will your four legged buddy.
For more information on heartworm disease and other common parasites, check out www.petsandparasites.com to learn more.
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Call us today to learn more about heartworm prevention: 905-830-0437