Did you know that Louisiana has some of the highest numbers of heartworm positive dogs and cats in the United States? Heartworms are transmitted from an infected dog to another dog or cat by mosquitoes. Once the immature heartworms enter the body of the dog or cat, they begin to mature and do damage to the lungs of the pet, as well as the heart. The most effective way to protect your pet from heartworms is to provide your dog or cat with preventative products.
If preventative products have not been administered to your pet or if you adopt a pet with unknown heartworm status, Westside Veterinary Clinic uses tests that give our doctors accurate results within minutes. Our heartworm tests detect the antigens produced by the female heartworms. This testing method quickly determines whether or not your pet has heartworm disease. If your pet tests positive for heartworms, our doctors can provide the appropriate treatment to enable your pet to recover from the disease.
Remember, the most effective way to protect your pet from heartworm disease is to administer heartworm preventative medication. However, if you have missed providing your pet with their preventative or have obtained a new pet with an unknown heartworm status, call the staff at Westside Veterinary Clinic to schedule an appointment with one of our caring doctors today.