Navigation Links
Protect Pets from Heartworm Disease with Preventative Measures

Damariscotta, ME (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

Over the last few years, the vets at the Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic have seen an increase in the number of positive cases of Heartworm disease. More disturbingly, several of these cases have been native dogs who have never traveled outside of Maine. Heartworm disease may not be rampant in this area, but pet owners may be in for an unpleasant and expensive experience if their dog or cat is one of the unlucky ones to be bitten by an infected mosquito (which is how heartworm disease is spread) while unprotected.

When questioning owners about heartworm prevention, Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is finding that people are not using preventative medicine or are using it incorrectly for a number of reasons, economic concern being at the top of the list. The second most common reason is a perception that this is not a disease of great importance, and third is poor continuity in owner education. Owner education has been interrupted to a degree as more and more people turn to the internet to purchase preventative products. Without the ability to advise and keep in touch with patients on products and how they are being used, many of these medications are not being used to best advantage, if they are being used at all.

Why is this parasite so dangerous? Heartworms are thread-like worms that grow up to 14 inches long and live in the heart. They starve the animal of its’ own oxygen-rich blood and can form blockages that keep the blood from reaching its intended areas. They can cause a heart attack or heart failure. Damage to the lungs and other organs is also common from the circulatory compromise. In cats, the affect tends to be sudden onset, often fatal, respiratory distress. The prevalence of Heartworm disease in cats is still unknown because there is no reliable way to test for heartworm in a cat. By the time any symptoms show in the cat, if the cat even shows symptoms, it’s usually too late. There is no treatment for feline Heartworm disease. It only takes one heartworm to kill a cat.

Although there is treatment available for Heartworm disease in dogs, it has several drawbacks. The medication regimen is quite rigorous for the patient. A full medical work up of blood chemistries and radiographs to evaluate damage and therapeutic risk is necessary. The appropriate treatment plan and post treatment restriction period are paramount for the patient’s well being. Exercise is severely limited post treatment and complications can arise such as respiratory infections, embolisms and drug sensitivity reaction.

Heartworm is a terrible disease, but easily preventable. There are several products available as a preventative. Most of the products are for once-a-month use. Dogs and cats should be on a preventative year round and tested at least once a year. Treatment for heartworm disease is hard on owners and their pets both physically and emotionally. Prevention is comparatively inexpensive and easy.

<br>About the company:<br>
Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinarian providing medical, surgical and dental care in a compassionate, caring manner with a personal touch. Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic is a staple in the Mid-Coast Maine area and has been proudly serving residents of Damariscotta for over 50 years. For more information, visit

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Bursts of brain activity may protect against Alzheimers disease
2. Fatheads: How neurons protect themselves against excess fat
3. New Rugged iPad Case Offers Protection and Fits In Bretford PowerSync Carts
4. New Electronic Earplugs Protect Ears and Boost Hearing
5. New Rugged iPad Mini Case Offers Protection and Fits In Bretford PowerSync Carts
6. PriorityOne Group Offers Innovative Security and Compliance Solution to Protect Medical Practices and Surgi-Centers
7. Chickenpox Shot Provides Long-Term Protection, Study Finds
8. Snow Creek Medical Center Adopts the HIPAA One Platform to Complete Their HIPAA Security Requirements and Protect Their Patients’ Information
9. Study: Research reveals protective properties of influenza vaccines
10. Toxicity map of brain may help protect cognition for cancer patients
11. Explaining how extra virgin olive oil protects against Alzheimers disease
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... companies in the United States, today announced the release of its limited edition ... new Cranberry Cocktail Agua Fresca. All feature the unique flavor combinations and delicious ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... announced today their sponsorship of the Microsoft Dynamics AXUG, GPUG and NAVUG Summits ... GPUG Summit and NAVUG Summit are independent user conferences designed and led by ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Dr. Poneh Ghasri, dentist ... on September 18, 2015. The research, which was conducted at the Dental Institute at ... colleagues, show connections between stress during pregnancy and future dental health in the child. ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... Protein is essential to good health. You need it to make the bricks ... does the average man need in order to stay healthy? , The answer ... Harvard Men's Health Watch . Most Americans get about 15% of their calories ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Georgia Partnership ... in communities throughout Georgia, along with affiliate organizations, Alabama Partnership for Telehalth (ATP) ... telehealth summits for Fall 2015. , Each of the three conferences share ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... DIEGO , October 13, 2015 ... today announced the appointment of Harry Lander , PhD ... the Company,s Chairman & CEO David Koos as ... small molecule and immuno-oncological therapeutics. --> Regen ... the appointment of Harry Lander , PhD as its ...
(Date:10/13/2015)...  Yesterday Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) visited ... located in Holly Springs, NC . ... ® (Influenza Vaccine) using cell-culture technology, a state-of-the-art production ... is not reliant on chicken eggs. 1,2 On ... business of Novartis AG in the US, which for ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 12, 2015 Given the intricacy of ... challenging to deliver an ophthalmic drug effectively to a specific ... successful ocular drug delivery. These include dilution of a drug ... of conjunctiva and drug permeation issues with respect to the ... topical eye drops, is lost due to the aforementioned barriers. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: