Heartworm Testing for Dogs
Is your dog coughing, breathing rapidly or experiencing sudden weight loss? Is he or she demonstrating a low tolerance for exercise, or is he or she fainting? If so, these could be an indication that you dog is suffering from heartworm disease, which can be fatal if left untreated. Hartman Veterinary Hospital offers testing that can determine whether your dog has heartworm disease with heartworm testing.
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that lives mainly in the blood vessels of the lung and in the heart. Heartworm disease has been seen in several species, but dogs are very susceptible. Through blood tests and other procedures, Hartman Veterinary Hospital can perform heartworm testing for this parasite, and we can work with you to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Heartworm Testing for Cats
Cats are also somewhat susceptible to heartworm disease, but because cats are not the normal host animals, heartworm symptoms in cats are different than in dogs. Look for symptoms such as weight loss and behavior that appears to mimic asthma. Chemotherapy cannot be used to remove the heartworm from cats. Their symptoms can be managed, with the proper medication, until the cat outlives the heartworms.
Heartworm Solutions from Hartman Veterinary Hospital
While treating heartworm disease is difficult, preventing it is relatively simple. There are several medications that kill any larvae that may be transmitted by mosquitoes. This prevents the development of adult heartworms and subsequently prevents heartworm disease.
If you feel that your pet requires heartworm testing, feel free to get in touch by clicking the Contact Us link. We can also consult with you about any other health problems your pet may be experiencing.