Heartworm disease should not be taken lightly. It can lead to severe health problems in cats and dogs, and can damage the heart, lungs, or other vital organs. Heartworm disease is when a mosquito that is infected with heartworms bite an animal and passes the parasitic worm to it. The worms can live in vital organs for many years. Our caring veterinarian at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, are experts in heartworm treatment and diagnoses.
Prevention is the best treatment for heartworm disease. Our veterinarian can determine the best treatment option for your dog or cat.
The most common treatment for heartworm prevention is a monthly pill or chew that is prescribed by a veterinary professional. The chews are flavored so that pets can enjoy taking them without the struggle that some pills can cause. Of course, you have to remember to give the pills or chews monthly for them to be effective. This is a treatment that works for both cats and dogs.
There are topical liquids that you can apply to your pet's skin monthly. Advantage Multi is one of these topical liquids that not only prevent heartworms, but protects your animal from fleas and intestinal worms. You can use a topical treatment for both cats and dogs.
A shot is available for dogs that are administered under the skin every six to twelve months. Talk to your veterinarian if this is the best option for your pet.
At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, we want pets to get the necessary veterinary support to stay healthy throughout their lives. Heartworm treatment and prevention is key to preserving pets’ quality of life. Contact us today at (309) 663-1414 to schedule an appointment with our vet.