Were you aware that both dogs and cats can develop heartworm disease? Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, but it is especially prevalent in warm, humid climates just like ours in southeast Louisiana.
Heartworms are parasites that can be transmitted to our pets through the bite of an infected mosquito. Immature heartworm larva known as microfilaria can then migrate inside the pet through the mosquito bite wound. Without the presence of a heartworm preventative, these juvenile worms begin to develop into worms twelve inches long and cause damage to organs including the lungs and heart, and can ultimately cause death to the infected dog or cat. Fortunately, Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic offers heartworm testing, and carries safe and effective heartworm preventatives to protect your pets from this potentially deadly parasite.
What if I don't know my pet's current heartworm status or if I just adopted a pet?
Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic offers a remarkably accurate blood test that can determine in minutes whether or not your pet has heartworms. Heartworm tests measure a protein known as an antigen, which is emitted from a female heartworm. Our team will perform this test while you wait, and you will know the heartworm status of your pet before you leave our clinic.
What can I do if my dog is heartworm positive?
There is a treatment for adult heartworms available only for dogs. If your dog tests positive for heartworms, our practiced veterinarians will determine the appropriate treatment for your dog. Typically, the treatment terms vary between 30 and 60 days, depending on the severity of the infection.
Please remember that heartworm prevention is always more effective and less expensive than the treatment of heartworm disease. For this reason, our practice offers several forms of safe and efficacious heartworm preventative products. Our veterinarians will work with you to determine which solution is best suited for you and the lifestyle of your pet. Belle Chasse Veterinary Clinic has been testing and preventing heartworm disease in the Belle Chasse, Gretna, and Terrytown areas for many years, and we want to protect your pet as well. Please call one of our compassionate team members to schedule a heartworm test for your pet.