HOW TO KEEP YOUR PET ALIVE LONGER:
“Heartworms” is a word that we hear all the time. We hear that it needs to be prevented and that it is expensive and dangerous to get rid of. PREVENTION IS THE KEY and is important to keeping your pets alive longer.
Our goal here at Affectionately Pets is to educate our clients on as much as we can so that they can better help their furry loved ones live a long and healthy life.
The chart above shows the life cycle of heartworms and how our pets are affected.
Heartworms are actual large worms that invade blood vessels near the heart and their goal is to suck the life out of our pets. Heartworms can grow to 10-14 inches long and your pet can be infested with up to 250 worms at a time! Imagine that tangled mess in our pets’ heart.
As you can see from the image below, this poor dog’s heart was FILLED with these worms, making it impossible to function correctly.
At first there are no symptoms but over time the heart is compromised and the disease makes walking, playing, sleeping and even breathing difficult. Ultimately your pet can die from heart failure. That’s why PREVENTION is so important. By the time you see symptoms, your pet is already suffering damage to the body and organs. What happens if your pet gets heartworms? The drug that you treat with is called Immiticide. It’s an injectable, arsenic-based product. The dog is given two or three injections that will kill the adult heartworms in the blood vessels of the heart.
Treatment includes an extensive pre-treatment workup, including X-rays and blood work. Then the dog is given the injections. With all the prep work, it can run up to $1,000. AND THE PET COULD DIE from complications anyway.
We all love our pets, but let’s face it, we do not love spending big bucks on them! It is important to us to have healthy animals so we don’t have to spend a lot of money on costly diseases that could have been prevented.
For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease in your pet. The damage that’s done to your pet and the cost of the treatment is way more than the cost to prevent heartworm disease.
If you have any further questions about heartworm and prevention, please call our office at 239-454-7387.
We all love our pets. Let’s help them live a longer and healthier life!