Heartworms are a deadly parasite. A heartworm infection is especially dangerous to dogs and can cause permanent damage to your pet’s vital organs. A routine blood test can check for a heartworm infection. If heartworms are detected, your Senoia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort veterinarian may suggest further testing, including digital radiography and echocardiography, to determine the best, most effective treatment options for your pet. If your pet tests negative, there are many options available to prevent heartworms. Your Senoia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort veterinarian will discuss the best course of preventative treatment with you, taking into consideration the species, size, breed, exposure risk, and you and your pet’s lifestyle. Preventative treatment options are available, including oral, topical, and injectable medications.
If you are unsure of your pet’s heartworm testing or treatment history, call Senoia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort more information and to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.