Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease

Across the United States, mosquitoes are in residence. No matter where pets live, dealing with the potential of being infected with heartworm is a concern for all pet owners. At Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, we provide a variety of veterinary services, including heartworm prevention and heartworm treatment.

Protect Your Dog or Cat from Heartworm Disease

Signs of Heartworms

A heartworm infestation in your dog or cat can be deadly if left untreated. Whether your pet is indoors or has access to the outdoors, all it takes is a single bite from a mosquito that is infected to start the heartworm growth process. If your pet has not been tested, consider the following list of symptoms your pet may display:

  • Sleeping too much
  • Nosebleeds
  • Expanded or bulging chest
  • Weight loss
  • Becoming weak, lethargic, and tired
  • Much less active
  • Dry coughing especially after any type of exertion
  • Breathing difficulties, which can be labored or rapid
  • Allergic reaction symptoms
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Collapsing

Heartworm Prevention

The prevention of heartworms begins with a scheduled visit for your pet to be examined by our veterinarians. During the exam, your pet, whether it is a dog or cat, will be tested for heartworms. It is a simple test and once completed, the results will provide us with the information needed to advise you on treating the problem.

Heartworm Treatment

Once our veterinarians have received the test results, a treatment plan will be created that is best suited to your pet. There are several heartworm preventatives available from our clinic. One of the treatment options is in the form of a chewable pill that your pet takes each month. For pets that have no problem taking pills, this is an easy way to provide protection.

Another option is a topical liquid administered monthly much like topical flea treatments. The preventative is usually applied at the base of the animal’s neck where the medicine can be easily absorbed by the skin. By placing it in this location, pets cannot interfere with the medication by licking or scratching.

A third heartworm treatment option is an injection that may be done every six months or once a year. An advantage to the injection is it can also include additional medications to protect pets from other parasites, such as fleas, worms, mites, and worms

Contact Our Veterinarians in Vancouver, WA

At Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, we provide the care, compassion, and treatment that every pet deserves. If you have concerns about heartworms or would like to learn more about preventative options, call our team today at (360) 254-8811 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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Vancouver Office

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Note:
If you have more than 2 pets that need an exam,
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Walk in's are from:

Monday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-11:00 am

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed