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Posted on 08-14-2018

Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease at Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City, CA

As pet owners, we want to make sure that our animal friends remain safe, healthy, and happy. In order to do this, pet owners should look into veterinary care, particularly for parasite prevention. Infestation from fleas, ticks or heartworms poses a serious and even fatal health risk to our pets.

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What is Heartworm Disease

Dirofilaria immitis occurs when foot-long worms invade the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of an animal. Heartworm disease could have a serious impact on your pet, potentially leading to heart failure, lung disease, and organ damage. When left untreated, heartworm disease could prove to be fatal. Cats, dogs, and ferrets are popular targets of this disease. 

How to Prevent Heartworm Disease

Pet owners don't have to allow their loved ones to suffer through a parasite infestation. Here are some preventive measures you can take for heartworm, flea, and tick prevention. 

  • Recognize the symptoms. Your pet may have a parasite problem if he or she displays any of the following signs: lethargy, allergies, sudden weight loss, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, and collapsing spells. 
  • Keep up decent pet hygiene. Parasites like to latch themselves onto the skin of an animal. Bathing and brushing your pet on a regular basis will help to remove any parasites that may be clinging onto the pet's coat. Giving your pet a bath once a month will significantly improve his or her skin.
  • Use parasite control products. There are creams, sprays, and serums designed to repel parasites from a pet's coat. Some products are available over the counter, while others are offered by a veterinary professional. 
  • Visit a veterinary professional.  A veterinarian can provide proper parasite prevention through science-tested means. If your pet already has a heartworm problem, the vet will take action to provide heartworm treatment, 

Schedule an Appointment with Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City, CA Today!

For those pet owners curious about heartworm prevention or treatment, please give the Animal Emergency Centre a call at (818) 760-3882. Our veterinary center is offering quality care to the pets of Studio City, CA.

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