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Posted on 05-15-2017
At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center, our veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham provides heartworm treatment for pets suffering from this dangerous medical condition. Dogs are at the greatest risk of developing heartworm, a parasite that affects the large blood vessels of the heart and is potentially fatal if left untreated.
There are heartworm prevention options available by our veterinarian that can effectively protect your dog from being infected by this parasite. So long as you remember to give your pet the preventative medication each month, these can protect against not only heartworm, but fleas, ticks, and other parasites as well. Still, if your dog has already become infected, you'll want to explore treatment options with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Generally, medications can be used to kill adult heartworms, though injectable options are also available. The right treatment for your dog will vary based on a number of factors. Generally, treatment must be administered in a series of individual treatment sessions until a veterinarian can confirm that your dog is free of heartworm. This can take several months. During your pet's treatment phase, it is important that you limit his or her activity levels so as to ensure proper recovery, especially if your pet was showing signs of distress, such a coughing or difficulty breathing.
Furthermore, it is important to note that some dogs with more severe cases of heartworm may need to be put on a special diet or take pain relief medications indefinitely. If you think your dog may have heartworm, it is vital that you have him or her tested as soon as possible.
Schedule your pet's appointment with our veterinarian in Troutdale and Gresham to get started. You can contact our team at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center by calling (503) 661-1833. We'll find an appointment date and time that works with your busy schedule.
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