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Posted on 11-10-2017

Heartworm Prevention and More from our Portland Veterinarian

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At Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic, our Portland veterinarian is happy to offer a wide range of heartworm prevention medicines to help protect your pet from this common yet potentially fatal disease. If your pet isn't currently on a heartworm medication, we strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Dangers of Heartworm Disease in Pets

Heartworm is most common in dogs, but it can occur in cats as well (outdoor cats are especially at risk). Specifically, heartworm refers to a serious disease where worms up to a foot in length grow in the heart, lungs, and other parts of your pet's body. Over time, these worms can multiply and may eventually lead to serious and fatal illness, such as heart failure, lung disease, and organ failure. Furthermore, heartworm disease can be easily transmitted from one pet to another and can live for anywhere from 2-7 years inside of your pet.

How Our Animal Hospital Can Help

At Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic, we provide a number of effective heartworm prevention medications that can help protect your dog or cat from this terrible disease. These are highly recommended for both indoor and outdoor pets, especially if you have at least one outdoor pet in the home (since the disease can be transmitted). The most common type of preventative is an oral medication that we can prescribe to your pet here in our office. In addition to having your pet on a heartworm prevention medication, pet owners should also be aware and on the lookout for common signs of heartworm disease in a cat or dog, such as:

  • Lethargy
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Seizures

Schedule an Appointment with our Portland Veterinarian Today

If your pet isn't on a preventative for heartworm, be sure to get a prescription from our Portland veterinarian. You can reach our animal hospital to set up an appointment by calling us directly at (503) 285-7661

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