Heartworm Testing Services for Pets
Did you know a dog can have as many as 250 heartworms living inside their body? Heartworms can grow up to 1 ft. long and can live in your pet for up to 7 years. Heartworms can cause heartworm disease which can lead to irreversible lung and heart damage. Fortunately, it’s one of the few conditions that are 100% preventable with proper medical care. Call us at 647.350.6666 to learn how we can protect your pet from these harmful creatures.
Can cats get heartworm?
Absolutely. Contrary to popular belief, feline friends can also get heartworm. They are usually not infected as much as dogs, because their bodies are less ideal hosts for heartworm. That being said, as many as 15% of cats in North America have heartworm at any given time throughout the year.
How can I stop my pet from getting heartworm?
It’s important your pet is on a heartworm medication plan, all year round, all their life. Even pets who spend all their time indoors need to be on some sort of preventative medication. Regular screenings are also key. These are done in the form of bloodwork that can detect proteins released by heartworms inside your pet.
How do I know if my pet has heartworm?
Some of the most common symptoms to keep an eye on are a swollen belly, persistent coughing, fatigue and weight loss.