Heartworm Prevention From MVS Pet Care Of Florida
At MVS Pet Care of Florida, we provide a variety of services to prevent and treat heartworm problems for your pet. This serious condition requires professional care that a veterinarian needs to provide. If you live in the Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Pasco area, you should know about what MVS can do for you and potential heartworm problems.
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite, a specific type of worm that lives in animals throughout its life cycle. Typically, these worms are spread by mosquitos, which carry the eggs and pass them onto dogs when they bite (dogs are the most susceptible, but heartworms can also infect cats and ferrets, albeit to a lesser extent).
The eggs then hatch and more to the heart, lungs, and nearby blood vessels, where they mate and produce more eggs into the bloodstream which are then picked up by mosquitos and the process starts over again.
When the heartworms are living in blood vessels, they can cause severe heart and lung disease by blocking and damaging arteries. That is why it’s important that your pets get checked and, if necessary, treated for heart disease – and why the most effective method is heartworm prevention.
Because of the serious damage that heartworms can cause, prevention is far preferable to treatment. Because we are in an area where your pets may be at risk for heartworms, it is important to talk to your vet about prevention and if you should be using medications. There are a variety of products that can prevent heartworms, include tablets, injections, and ointments applied to the skin, so it is easy to find something that will work for your pet.
The American Heartworm Society recommends that dogs should be given 12-month long heartworm prevention medications and tested for heartworms once a year to make sure that nothing is wrong.
SNAP and Heartworm Treatment
Because heartworms can take months to mature and heartworm disease tends to progress slowly through the first stage, detecting heartworms is not always easy. That is why MVS offers SNAP heartworm tests to check up on pets that may be at risk.
SNAP is a blood test for heartworm that can detect even small traces of heartworms in a dog. The test is designed to deliver immediate results so there is no need to send it off to a lab and wait – you can know the results while you wait in at the vet clinic. If your pet does have heartworms, it is important to immediately start treatment and make plans to monitor your pet’s ongoing condition, which your vet will help you with.
Call MVS Pet Care of Florida Today!
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an exam for heartworm-related issues or concerns, contact MVS Pet Care of Florida today. We serve the Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco area, and are happy to help you find the best veterinary treatment for your pet!