One of the many preventable diseases that our Tampa veterinarians deal with are heart worms. Being a warm, mosquito prevalent area, your pet is at risk and should be on the proper medications to keep them free of this potentially deadly disease.
As stated earlier, mosquitoes are very prevalent in the Tampa area and these are the guys that spread heart worms to our dogs and cats when they take a blood meal from an infected animal and bite your pet. Yes, it is true that both dogs and cats can become infected with heart worms. The disease mimics respiratory disease in cats and more cardiac symptoms in our dog patients. Over the years, our Tampa veterinary clinic has seen a decrease in the number of cases of heart worms primarily because of the number of inexpensive monthly preventatives on the market (for both dogs and cats). Getting your pet on a preventative is an excellent idea to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. If they have been off for awhile, make sure to contact veterinarian to see what protocol should be done to get them back on their preventatives.
Heart worms are an extremely preventable disease. Giving your pet a monthly preventative is far less expensive than going through the process of treating a heart worm positive animal. Also, it is a lot safer for your dog. Heart worm treatment has come a long way but still carries a risk for your pet. Our Tampa animal hospital has treated many cases over the years but we still prefer to take a preventative approach when it comes to heart worms.
Since summer is approaching, it is a great time to assess your pet’s preventative situations. Spending more time outside and around other animals will increase their risk of coming across illness so better to be prepared than to have to treat a sick pet. If you have any questions about this topic (Heart Worms) or any other, please contact our Tampa veterinarians at 813-289-3925.