Heartworm can become dangerous but not always as it can be treated with appropriate medication. So in this guide, I will show you exactly how you can treat heartworm disease without any side-effects.
But before that, it is very important to know in details about the causes of this Heartworm disease and other information related to it.
What is a Heartworm Disease?
American Heartworm Society defines it as a very serious and potentially fatal disease in all parts of the world that is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) usually live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
Dogs, Cats, Ferrets are usually get affected by this disease but recent studies have shown that heartworms can also be found in various mammal species such as Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes and also rarely in humans.
Heartworm Disease in dogs: Common & Serious
Among all the species dogs are the ones that get most affected by this heartworm disease. Normally the heartworms that are already present inside the body of dogs grow & reproduce resulting in an increase in their number.
When they are left untreated, they multiply rapidly so much so that they turn as a threat to the life of the canine by slowly disabling the function of key organs such as heart and lungs thereby degrade the overall life of the dog eventually leading to death.
Is Heartworm Disease in Dogs Treatable?
Preventing heartworm disease in dogs is perhaps the best choice that anyone has. Because that treatment methods available are not effective all the times. But early detection and administering the right over the counter type medications can help to cure this disease easily and safely.
For your convenience below I have mentioned all the signs and symptoms that you can check to confirm the disease in your Canine.
Signs and symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Usually, the dogs that are affected by this disease show less or no symptoms making it difficult to detect. But as long as the disease grows the symptoms will be exposed one by one.
Here are the symptoms:
- Mild to heavy coughing for a long period
- Lazy and dizziness
- Decrease in appetite
- Weight loss and fatigue
But as the infection advances, then maybe severe symptoms like swollen belly due to the increase in fluids in the stomach. This further leads to heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest.
Sometimes heartworms may also cause sudden blockages in the blood flow creating a life-threatening situation known as Caval Syndrome. This advanced level of the disease can be identified by checking for symptoms like pale gums, Dark colored urine, difficulty in breathing.
This is an emergency situation that requires surgical removal of these heartworm blockages without which most dogs fail to survive.