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October 18, 2017

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Heartworm Pet Meds (847) 742-3906


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Heartworm Pet Meds by Dr. Churan

 I am Dr. Churan from the Animal Clinic of South Elgin, 896 North La Fox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177.  This is my assistant Jenny and this is Arwin, one of our clinic dogs and she is a great dane.  Arwin is frequently here at the clinic.  Today we want to talk about heartworms. Heartworm is a blood parasite spread by mosquitoes thru your dog’s bloodstream. When an infected mosquito bites your dog it injects a microscopic parasite to your dog’s bloodstream. Within a period of 5 months it can grow up to a foot, lodges into your dog’s heart and could kill your dog.

During our annual Cat Wellness Examinations and Dog Wellness Examinations we test for parasite infections.  We also may recommend a pet teeth cleaning.

Heartworm Pet Meds are easy prevention.

It is very easy to prevent this, however, by a once-a-month medication. Your canine  needs to be tested annually and the reason for this is that it is very safe to kill the tiny microscopic heartworms that the mosquitoes are putting into your best furry friend; however, your canine could have an adult heartworm due to your canine not getting any heartworm medication at all, missing a dose due to one reason or another, the animal vomiting the medication after a scheduled dose, or the patient not receiving a dose because of a misunderstanding among the various owners. This leaves a window of opportunity where your pet could get infected.

Heartworm Pet Meds require an annual  blood test.

Therefore, it is very important that your dog gets tested once a year, even if you have been giving the medication faithfully. The reason for this is if we kill an adult heartworm, it can clog the great vessels of the heart and your beloved pet could drop dead. This sudden death which could not be completely explained is something we never want to happen.

Heartworm Pet Meds Blood Tests includes Lyme Disease Test.

 A internal parasite blood test that we do here at the Animal Clinic of South Elgin also tests for lyme disease and other tick diseases which are other emerging parasite problems in canine population. These are treatable diseases if we catch them early before permanent damage is done. For heartworm preventatives, we have a variety of brands which do many different things. The most basic e is a once-a-month pill that you give your dog to control this  and 2 kinds of intestinal parasites. We have upgrade pills that take care of this parasite  and 3 kinds of intestinal parasites. We also have Sentinel which has an additional ingredient that prevents fleas as well as take care of this and 3 kinds of intestinal parasites. That is our most popular preventative in this practice. Anybody who ever had fleas has found that it is easier to prevent flea infestation than treat the infestation itself. Giving your dog a pill once a month is easy compared to getting rid of the fleas in your household. We also have a topical heartworm preventative that you spray on the back of the dog’s head. The reason some people choose this type is that some dogs do not cooperate when it comes to taking oral medication.

Heartworm Pet Meds are also needed for cats.

Cats could get infected by heartworms as well, although much less common than dogs.

When cats get infected by this blood-based parasite, it is much more severe because cats are small and their hearts are also small. One worm  could kill a cat. Cats have lung pathology rather than heart pathology so they develop asthma-type symptoms. This fatal parasite is also very preventable in cats by oral or topical medication once a month. Again, preventive measures, just like in people, are far better and easier than treatment after the infection.

Heartowm Pet Meds are much cheaper than treatment.

Heartworm can be treated. If your dog tested positive for this fatal parasite, he can be treated. The treatment, however, is not only expensive but also hard on the dog in the sense that the dog could be sick for a 6-week period. Preventing a possible permanent damage to your dog from internal parasites  is a far better goal than treatment. We recommend preventative medications 12 months of the year since mosquito seasons are unpredictable. There is no season to intestinal parasites, however, so it is important to control these parasites year-round. In short, parasite  prevention is a very good choice for your family and your dog.

New clients can register online at www.SouthElginVet.com

 

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A Heartworm Pet Meds Warranty is NOT valid if purchased online. The drug company only pays for heartworm treatment if the heartworm pills were purchased from us.


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