Tips For Treating Heartworm In Dogs

If you are like most pet owners, your pet is most likely a beloved companion, friend, and family member. When your pet gets sick, you may react with both panic and great concern. A common problem that many dogs have is heartworm. If you are looking for some tips for treating heartworm in dogs, this article can help.

This disease is caused by a parasite that infects your dog and resides in its heart. When it becomes an issue, it can cause the valves in your dog’s heart to become blocked and the arteries may also become clogged. This will make it hard for your dog to breathe and can lead to death.

In order to treat this problem, you first need to be able to recognize it. If your dog has this parasite, he or she may find it hard to breathe and may have a chronic cough. Your dog may also become very tired and weak.

Since this parasite can remain in your dog for many years before it is noticed, you should be sure to take your dog to the vet regularly. A vet can notice the issue before it starts and can also provide you with medication that prevents the parasite from remaining within your dog’s system.

As soon as you think that your dog may have this problem, you should take action. Take your dog to the vet and have the appropriate blood tests performed. If a positive test results, your dog may have to have its health assessed to find out if it is healthy enough to be treated.

When treating heartworm in dogs, medication is normally used. The drugs will be injected by the vet as soon as the issue is confirmed and you will most likely have to provide your dog with regular medications and administer a second injection after a period of time has passed. After your dog has been medicated, you should force your dog to rest for at least a week and constantly monitor its health. More treatments may be needed in some cases.

Article by Nancy Cope, owner of 4 rescue dogs and the popular online dog boutique pampered-dog-gifts.com

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