What Are Heartworms?

Heartworms are small parasites that can infest your dog’s heart, reducing its efficiency and leading to serious illness. Cats and ferrets are also at risk. Since heartworm treatment can be very tough on your dog’s body, and since there really is no safe and effective treatment at all for cats and ferrets, you’re best off preventing the parasite from taking hold.

In this video, a veterinarian discusses the basics of heartworm disease. He says heartworms are often transported from feral dogs and foxes to domestic dogs via mosquitos. Heartworms then travel to the heart, where they can grow to be about 30cm long. Perhaps the best way to protect your dog from heartworm disease is to visit your veterinarian for an annual heartworm injection.

Contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033 to learn more about protecting your pet from heartworm disease. There are also several manufacturer promotion running right now on heartworm preventive, any one of which would make protecting your pet any easier than ever before. Please ask a representative for more information when you call.

The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group Hospitals are proud to provide high-quality veterinarian services to beloved pets throughout the North Dallas area. 

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