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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Heartworm Prevention Tips for Pet Owners

Heartworm disease is common and it can have a serious impact on your pet's health. That is why our veterinarians at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital are giving pet owners in Maple Ridge and Mission the knowledge and tools they need to prevent heartworm. Let’s look at what you can do to keep your pet safe.

Heartworm Prevention Tips for Pet Owners

The Basics of Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm can be dangerous and even deadly for pets, but thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your pet's risk. These simple steps can go a long way towards keeping your pet safe.

Watch Out for Mosquitoes and Other Pests

Mosquitoes carry heartworm parasites, which means they can be a big risk to cats, dogs, and other animals. Work to repel mosquitoes from your yard and monitor the time your pet spends outside. You should also dump out any standing water because mosquitoes may lay eggs there.

Regular Testing Is Key

The sooner you detect heartworms, the easier they are to treat. Bring your pet to the veterinarian for heartworm testing at least once per year. If your vet finds the infection right away, you may be able to avoid permanent damage. The earlier it is detected, the more likely it is that your pet will fully recover.

Medication Plays a Role In Heartworm Prevention

Even if your pet doesn't have heartworm, it could benefit from taking preventative medication. Injections can be another way to keep heartworm disease at bay. Talk to your veterinarian about your options and find a solution that is right for you and your pet.

The Warning Signs of Heartworm

In addition to doing everything you can to reduce your pet's risk for heartworm, you should monitor its health closely. If you notice any of these red flags, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Dry coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bulging ribs
  • Shallow breathing
  • Inactivity
  • Fainting

When it comes to the health of your pet, it is best to trust your instincts. If you are worried that your pet may have heartworm, call our office right away. Acting quickly could save your pet's life.

Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital Keeps Your Pet Healthy and Happy

At Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital, we know how dangerous heartworm can be. That is why we want to make sure pet owners in Maple Ridge and Mission know the best ways to keep their pets safe. Call our team today at (604) 286-0160 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.