Our animals are our special friends. They add so much value to our lives and only ask for some love and attention from us in return. Of course, they'd tell us food helps, too. But in all seriousness, they are gifts to the humans and the homes they inhabit. That's why it's our critical responsibility to give them the care and comfort they need to help them live their best lives. In turn, everyone benefits from this symbiotic relationship of love. One of their biggest needs is protection from parasites, which rob their body's needed nutrition and overall quality of life. In some cases, take heartworms, for example, the parasites can be deadly.
The doctors at Short Pump Animal Hospital know all too well the effects of parasites in pets. As a leading veterinary service for the Richmond area, Dr. Morlino and Dr. Reger are ready and able to provide the best care to your furry friends. Let's take a look at some dangers and side effects of heartworms in dogs and cats and how you can help prevent them.
Heartworm Treatment and Prevention
Heartworms are transmitted to dogs and cats through mosquito bites. For both animals, the parasitic worms, which live and feed in the muscle tissue and, eventually, the hearts of their hosts, can cause severe problems in the organ system functions of your pet. Often, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are most affected, but all the animal's organ systems can be negatively impacted. Fortunately, there are many preventative medicines available to keep your pets safe. There are even some heartworm treatment options for heartworm positive animals if the infection is caught early. Even then, the combination of treatment and parasitic damage can compound to marginalize your pet's quality of life significantly.
Call Short Pump Animal Hospital Today!
The doctors at Short Pump Animal Hospital have over 20 years of experience and offer a plethora of services for the Richmond area; everything from flea and tick prevention to extensive exam and surgery procedures. Call us, (804) 360-0100, or contact us to set an appointment.