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Heartworm Medication for Dogs and Cats Can Turn into Something Lethal
Health and Medical Author: Elisheva Wiriaatmadja
Heartworm Medication for Dogs and Cats Can Turn into Something Lethal
Heartworm Medication may turn into something lethal for your dogs and cats if done the wrong way. Make sure you read this article first before you give your pets the wrong treatment.

Serious health problems and even death can be the result of some parasites infecting dogs and cats. Heartworms are an example of one of the most dangerous parasite that could be hosted by your pet. Not recognizing the symptoms of this infection may cause your pet to suffer severe illness and in some cases even death. Don't even think that heartworms can be as harmless as ticks or fleas. Instead, it can be very much life threatening. However, if recognized early and treated right, death caused by heartworm infections can be completely preventable. Please also note that parasite infections that are not treated in your dogs and cats may eventually spread to humans.

Heartworms usually reside within the walls of your dog's and cat's heart. However, you may be able to find them also in larger blood vessels of the body. This dangerous parasite, if untreated, can eventually cause dogs and cats to experience liver failure, eheart failure, heart disease and kidney failure. In severe cases heartworms can even cause death. Symptoms of heartworm infection are not always present. Thus, the best way to determine whether the dogs and cats have heartworm disease is by having blood test on a regular basis. By doing so you will be able to detect any early stages of heartworm infection. Some dogs and cats may, however, show symptoms such as coughing, fatique, labored breathing and also weight loss.&

Dogs and cats usually catch heartworm disease through a harmless mosquito bite. In the early years, it was thought that long-haired dogs or cats have less possibilities of getting a heartworm infection. They thought that mosquitos may have more difficulties penetrating through the hair to actually infect the pets. However, it is now proven that in reality, mosquitos more likely bite on the underpart of the abdominal region. Here, even long-haired dogs have relatively little hair.

Before you begin treating dogs and cats for heartworm infection, the animal has to be in perfect health as heartworm treatment can be dangerous and complex. Any slightest organ problems in dogs and cats will lead to serious complications and therefore, it is recommended that organ problems be treated first before undergoing heartworm treatment. Also, dogs whose blood test turn out to be positive with larval worms would not be given certain medication as it may result in sudden death. Treating dogs and cats with heartworm disease is a very dangerous and complicated process.

You have other safer options to prevent your pet from getting a heartworm infection. All you need to do is thoroughly research it. In areas where mosquito population are high, protecting dogs and cats from being bitten by mosquitos can help reduce the chances of the animal from being infected. Make sure that its sleeping quarters have screens to keep the dog or cat from being bitten repeatedly. Repellent spray are helpful but if the animal is out in the open, it will have little effect. The best thing to do to detect any early infection of heartworms is by periodically taking blood tests. Because heartworm medication contains toxic insecticide, you might want to do a research first to find out all other options before giving any kinds of medication for heartworms to your pet.
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