What to do if your pet has heartworms?
If your pet is diagnosed with heartworms, Dr. Qasim is here to help from diagnosis all the way past recovery. Our vet and team are here to help with treatments, medications, surgery, and a proven recovery regime that will allow your pet to heal while stopping heartworms dead in their tracks. Our vet will help decide which is the best option for your pet. Learn more about heartworm treatments or what you need to know.
What happens if heartworms are left untreated?
Dogs with large quantities of heartworms can develop surprising blockages of blood flow inside the heart, resulting in a life-threatening form of cardiovascular failure. Some dogs can have up to 300 adult worms in their bodies at once, causing irreversible damage to their heart, lungs, and other vital organs. Even after a pet is treated for heartworms, your dog’s health and quality of life may never be the same even with the parasites removed. That is why It’s crucial to keep up with testing and heartworm treatment. Dr. Qasim is here to help
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What are the symptoms of heartworms?
In the early stages of the illness, many pets show few or no symptoms of heartworms. Once your pet starts showing symptoms, their heartworm condition is most likely advanced and requires immediate attention.
Symptoms of heartworms in your cat or dog includes:
- Exhaustion after reasonable action
- Decreased appetite
- A mild persistent cough
- Weight loss
Symptoms for cats can be subtle or dramatic and include:
- Asthma-like attacks
- Periodic vomiting
- Difficulty walking
- Experience fainting or seizures
When heartworm disease advances, pets may have the appearance of a swollen belly due to excessive fluid in the abdomen. The end result of this condition is heart failure. Cats with heartworm disease have been connected to asthma due to adult worms infrequently being able to infest a cat’s heart with their departures from a cat’s body releasing allergens that can cause them to have asthma-like symptoms.
If your dog or cat starts to have any of these symptoms, please contact us to schedule an appointment.