Were you aware that both dogs and cats can develop heartworm disease? Did you know that heartworms have been diagnosed in all 50 states? Heartworms are a parasite that can be transmitted to our pets through the bite of an infected mosquito. Immature heartworm larva known as microfilaria can then migrate inside the pet through the mosquito bite wound. Without the presence of a heartworm preventative, these juvenile worms begin to develop into worms twelve inches long and cause damage to organs including the lungs and heart, and can ultimately cause death to the infected dog or cat. Fortunately, Charleston Mobile Animal Care carries both safe and effective heartworm preventatives to protect your pets from this potentially deadly parasite.
What if I don't know my pet's current heartworm status or if I just adopted a pet?
Charleston Mobile Animal Care offers a remarkably accurate blood test that can determine in minutes whether or not your pet has heartworms. Heartworm tests measure a protein known as an antigen, which is emitted from a female heartworm. Our team will perform this test while you wait, and you will know the heartworm status of your pet before we leave your property.
What can I do if my dog is heartworm positive?
There is a treatment for adult heartworms available for dogs only. This procedure does have some minimal risks involved, and it is imperative that you keep your canine companion kenneled or in your house to prevent excessive exertion, which could harm them during treatment. Typically, the treatment terms vary between 30 and 60 days, depending on the severity of the infection.
Please remember that heartworm prevention is always more effective and less expensive than the treatment of heartworm disease. For this reason, Dr. Horton offers several forms of safe and efficacious heartworm preventative products. She will work with you to determine which solution is best suited for you, and the lifestyle of your pet. Please call one of our compassionate team members at Charleston Mobile Animal Care to schedule a heartworm test for your pet.