Perkins Veterinary Clinic
Test your pet for heartworms, get a free fecal check!!!!!!
The mosquitos are getting thick, thats why April is heartworm awareness month. Heart worms are transmitted through a mosquito bite. Your dog or cat are both at risk of contracting the disease. The mosquito takes a blood meal from an infected animal and ingest a larval stage of the heartworm, the worm developes some and migrates to the mosquitos salivary gland. When the mosquito takes another blood meal it injects the larvae into your pet, and the larve developes and soon migrates to the pets blood stream. Once the larvae hits the blood stream it migrates to the right side of the heart where it matures to an adult and begins to replicate. As you could imagine this causes disturbances in blood flow as well as causes pathology to the heart and vessels going to the lungs. This is a deadly disease, but can be prevented by getting a simple injection every 6 month or taking an oral preventative monthly. The treatment is very rough on your pet, and has its own set of complications. The american heartworm society recommends yearly testing, and year round preventative. Your pet should be started on preventative during their puppy vaccination visits. The sooner the better!!!! To schedule your pets appointment for a heartworm test and preventative please call (405) 547-2442 or request an appointment via the web by clicking Here.