Heartworm and Flea Prevention Is Important
It is much easier to prevent fleas and heartworm than it is to treat a problem. Our veterinary office has seen a rise in heartworm cases. While treatment is important, it is best to protect your pet from fleas and heartworm in the first place. Talk to our veterinarian at Springhurst Animal Hospital in Louisville about the best means of protection for your pet.
The Dangers of Fleas and Heartworm
Our animal clinic sees pets suffering in a variety of ways from fleas and heartworm now more than ever. Skin allergies can be caused by fleas, which leads an animal to scratch and itch incessantly. Tapeworm infections can also be transmitted by fleas and these small creatures can infest the home environment. They are a true pain to get rid of in the home. Heartworm can lead to damage to the heart and lungs of a pet and can be fatal if not treated.
How Are Fleas and Heartworm Treated?
It is a lengthy process to get rid of fleas and heartworm. Adult heartworms can live in the blood vessels, heart, and lungs. These will need to be killed with an adulticide. Dogs will be given a series of three injections by a veterinarian in our animal clinic. It is important that dogs rest after these injections. Once the heartworms are killed, the vet will need to kill the microfilaria, most likely using Ivermectin. In some cases, a vet may use the slow kill method or recommend surgery if the case is extreme. It is less invasive to get rid of fleas since they live on the skin. However, it can be a real pain to rid the home of fleas.
Prevention Is the Best Option for Your Pet
It is not a fun experience to treat for fleas or heartworm. Talk to our veterinarian at our animal clinic to choose the best method of prevention. There are several great all-in-one heartworm and flea pills on the market and we would be happy to recommend some that will best suit your pet. This is the best line of defense to protect your pet and your home. Call Springhurst Animal Hospital in Louisville today at (502) 326-2975 to discuss flea and heartworm prevention.