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The smallest details can sometimes cause the largest problems. At Glen Park Animal Hospital, our Gary veterinarian emphasizes the importance of pet parasite prevention for keeping pets healthy. Parasites are organisms that feed off of other beings, creating problems from itching and irritated skin to life-threatening heart problems. While some parasites can be treated relatively easily, others can cause even more damage simply by being eradicated. Clearly, preventing the parasite before it causes problems is the best way to treat them.
Heartworms are a serious parasitic infection that involves both the heart and the lungs in dogs and cats. Dr. Larson, our veterinarian in Gary IN, emphasizes the importance of preventing heartworm in all his patients.
Heartworms are transferred through mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites an infected pet, it can then sting another pet, transferring the heartworm larva along with some infected blood. The larva takes several months to mature, but it can grow to 12 inches in length, severely attacking your pet's heart and lungs. Some dogs can be infected with hundreds of worms at once. Eventually, the worms overwhelm the heart and the pet grows thinner and more listless. This can be fatal unless treated immediately.
Heartworm treatment can be deadly for cats, and is extremely difficult for dogs, as well. That's why our Gary vet always advises preventing heartworm before it becomes a problem. The smartest way to take care of heartworm problems is by giving a monthly dose of medicine. It has to be taken every month, without fail, but it can also prevent other parasites such as fleas, ticks, hookworms, roundworms and others, depending on the brand you and the veterinarian decide upon.
If you live in an area with a lot of woods and your pet spends time outdoors, this can be an important decision. Ticks are becoming a major problem among pets, as they carry Lyme disease. One romp through the woods can set your pet up for a deadly disease unless it's been treated ahead of time with a tick prevention medication. Choosing this extra protection can save your pet's life with absolutely no extra effort.
If you have any more questions about pet parasite prevention, or if you're simply looking for a caring and professional vet in Gary IN, call our office at 219-980-4944. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have or to make an appointment to begin parasite prevention for your dog or cat.
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I have been bringing all of my dogs to Glen Park Animal Hospital for the past 20 years and have found their service to be excellent! I am a nurse and have found that the care, competency and compassion that the entire staff gives to the animals is as good as (and in some instances even better than) the "human doctors/hospitals"!! Dr. Larson explains everything and does good follow-up with my "fur-babies". You can tell that the entire staff loves their job!
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