Heartworms are a dangerous parasite that can cause permanent damage to your pet’s vital organs. It is especially dangerous and potentially fatal for dogs. It is important to have your pet tested for heartworms to so that your Lake City Animal Hospital can best determine what treatment or preventative measures are needed.
Annual testing and preventative treatment is recommended. There are several types of preventative treatment options, including topical, oral and injectable medications, to best suit your pet’s needs. Should an infection be determined, more frequent testing may be necessary to monitor the condition and the effectiveness of the treatment. Radiography and echocardiography may also be used to determine any damage to the heart or cardiovascular system if an infection is diagnosed.