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Mange in Dogs (Canine Scabies)

Preventing Heartworm

Giving your dog a monthly heartworm preventative, along with regular vaccinations, is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Heartworms are transmitted via mosquitos. The mosquitoes first bite an infected dog and ingest heartworm larvae from the infected dog’s blood. Once inside the mosquito, the larvae will develop and reach an infectious state within 2-3 weeks. At this point, the heartworm can be transmitted to a healthy dog when the mosquito bites him. If the dog is not on heartworm preventive, the heartworm will then migrate through the body until it reaches the heart. Each worm can then grow up to 12 inches within the heart.

An infected dog will show some signs such as heavy or difficult breathing, fatigue, weight loss, chronic coughing, and swelling of the abdomen. If left untreated, this will become fatal.

However, there is a treatment available for infected dogs. A powerful dose of Immidicide is injected into the muscles on the back. The dog is in pain for several days and must be kept calm for 4-6 weeks to reduce stress on its heat. This treatment is very expensive often running between $400 and $700. During this time, it is normal for the dog to appear sick and lethargic.

Of course, it is best to avoid an infection altogether, and you can do this by giving your dog a heartworm preventative pill every month. Even the generic Iverhart works great in providing your dog with protection against heartworms.

All About Parvo

Canine parovirus (CPV) disease is currently the most common infectious disorder of dogs in the United States.  'Parvo' is a highly contagious disease characterized by diarrhea that is often bloody.  Follow the link above to read more about this disease.