When they bite, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm infection. And those heartworms can wreak havoc on your puppy. These parasites can severely and sometimes fatally damage the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some pets may not show any signs of infection; in those that do, symptoms can vary widely.
In dogs, signs of heartworm disease can range from coughing, fatigue, and weight loss to difficulty breathing and a swollen abdomen (caused by fluid accumulation from heart failure). Canine heartworm infection can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” (a form of liver failure); without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually causes death.
Treatment for heartworm infection is far more expensive than prevention—and it can actually kill your dog.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks. We recommend using either Sentinel (which protects your puppy from heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and kills flea eggs) or Heartgard (which protects against heartworms, roundworms and hookworms). Both products available at our hospitals with great rebates!