Healthy Dog In-Depth
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As a responsible dog owner, you’ve likely heard of one if not all of the following “worm diseases:” heartworm, hookworm, ringworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. Below is a guide to each of these diseases so you can learn how to identify and safeguard your dog from these conditions.
Heartworm is a type of parasitic worm that can invade your dog’s heart. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes. If an infected mosquito bites your dog, the immature or larval form of the heartworm will enter your dog and make its way to your dog’s heart.
Symptoms of heartworm, which include coughing, weight loss, and lethargy, may not appear for at least one year after your dog has been infected.
If detected early, heartworm may be treated with medications such as Immiticide®. Left untreated, heartworm is fatal.
The best method for safeguarding your dog against heartworm is to put your dog on one of the many oral or topical medications that prevent heartworm from developing. Your vet will be able to guide you as to which medication is appropriate for your dog. However, prior to being put on one of these medications, your dog will have to be tested to make sure he does not already have heartworm.
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