Heartworm and Intestinal Worms

Regular deworming for heart worms and intestinal worms is vital for the well-being of our pets.

Heartworm disease is caused by the parasitic worm Dirofilaria Immitis, which is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitos. Heartworm disease can lead to severe heart and lung damage and even death if left untreated, making prevention through regular heartworm medication and testing critically important. On the other hand, intestinal worms like roundworm, hookworms, and tapeworms can cause a range of health issues including malnutrition, anemia, lethargy, and digestive disturbances. It is also relatively common for pets to not show any signs or symptoms of intestinal parasites. There are many various ways pets can acquire intestinal worms. The most common ways include: contaminated food or water. Contaminated soil, ingesting infected wildlife, fecal-oral transmutation, mother-to-offspring transmutation, intermediate hosts, and social interactions. Deworming medications not only effectively eliminate the parasites but also prevent their spread to other animals or even humans. Therefore, maintaining a constituent deworming schedule is a simple yet important step in ensuring our pets happiness, health and longevity, and even the safety of our households. 

By Travis Holman