Heartworm is a parasite, spread by mosquitoes, which circulates in the bloodstream of infected animals. The parasites develop into heartworm larva inside the mosquito and a single bite from a carrier mosquito can infect your pet.
As heartworms mature they can cause physical blockage and thickening of the host animal’s heart and associated blood vessels. In the early stages of infection there may be no visible signs, however infection may lead to signs of heart failure (lethargy, coughing, pot belly) and even death. Heartworm is present throughout Australia, especially the top end.
Heartworm is a major condition to treat but is easy to prevent and should form part of your pets health care routine. Our staff are happy to discuss the range of effective treatment options we have available.
If your dog is showing symptoms of heartworm disease or the blood test is positive, we may recommend more blood tests, chest x-rays or other diagnostics.