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Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease

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Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease

If you have a cat or dog, protecting them from parasites is an important task that needs to be done to keep your pet in good health. If your pet requires tick prevention help or heartworm treatment, contact PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett for veterinary care. Here is some information about heartworm to read over so you understand the importance of treating your pet so they do not fall victim to this dangerous parasite.

What Heartworm Disease Is

When a pet contracts heartworm disease, they will likely suffer from pain and discomfort of the heart or lungs. Heartworms are transferred to the body when an infected mosquito bites a pet. Larvae make its way through the body to the heart and lung area where the worms will grow in size. Heartworm disease is treatable in dogs, however, if a cat contracts this disease there is no treatment. Because of this, taking preventative measures is extremely important for felines.

How To Protect Your Pet

It is best to take a look at your property and alter it so that mosquitoes are less likely to congregate in areas where your pet may frequent. Remove any standing water from your yard so mosquitoes do not have an area to breed. If you have an excessive brush, do some simple landscaping to cut away branches. Make sure to keep your lawn trim as well. It is best to avoid outdoor areas during the evening hours when mosquitoes are more likely to be flying around as well.

How Veterinary Care Can Help

Contact our veterinary office to make an appointment for heartworm treatment if you think your pet is suffering from heartworm disease. Our vet will explain your options to keep your pet comfortable. If your pet requires heartworm or tick prevention, medication will be prescribed to protect your dog or cat from parasites.

If you are ready to see our veterinarian, give PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett a call. Contact our practice at (901) 654-3110 to make an appointment.

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