The Heartworm Disease

 In Pet Care, Uncategorized

Over one million pets in the US have heartworms. If you are a pet owner, you do not want your furry friend to be part of this statistic. Heartworm awareness remains critical to preventing your pet from getting heartworms. Additionally, awareness allows you to identify the signs of heartworm disease early on. At Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital, we observe heartworm awareness month in April by sensitizing pet owners about preventive measures. So, book an appointment with us today!

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease denotes a serious illness that causes lung damage and heart failure in various pets, including ferrets, dogs, and cats. Dirofilaria immitis is the parasitic worm responsible for heartworm disease. It remains prevalent in states across the eastern seaboard of the US.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms may differ in ferrets, dogs, and cats. Here are the signs you should look out for in dogs;

  • Mild persistent coughs
  • Weight loss
  • Unwillingness to exercise
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue after physical activity

The signs in cats include;

  • Coughing
  • Weight Loss
  • Fainting seizures
  • Asthma-like attacks
  • Decreased appetite
  • Periodic vomiting

The signs in ferrets include;

  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pale blue gum

Tips to Prevent Heartworm Disease

You can preventit by giving your furry companion preventative medicine. Our veterinarians at Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital usually offer the best preventative medicine for your pet. You can also prevent it by keeping your household and yard mosquito-free.


If you are a pet owner seeking to protect your pet, Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital has your back. We also have the tools and expertise to treat your dog, cat, or ferret. Our professional veterinarians give you critical trips on preventing heartworm disease. We offer heartworm prevention so your pet can be protected. Contact us today for your pet care needs and make an appointment!