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HEARTWORMS AND OTHER PARASITES

Heartworms and Other Parasites

          kitten with heartworm

Did you know that heartworms are common in the United States? They are dangerous to dogs and cats can get them too. They are transmitted by mosquitos. Heartworms mature and live in the heart and lungs.  A heartworm can also grow large in size. It affects blood flow and causes infections in different parts of the body. Your dog may tire easily, cough, or have trouble breathing as the disease progresses.

The Dangers of Heartworms

The vet does have treatments for the disease but prevention is the better option. Our vets can prescribe heartworm medication to prevent this disease. With puppies, treatment should start six to eight weeks. Blood tests are run in older dogs. An annual blood test is used to keep your dog free of heartworms. When your dog is infected it will be treated with antibiotics for an infection and other medications.  The actual treatment takes sixty days and is a series of injections that kill the worms. Dogs have to stay at the clinic for observation on days of injections. 

Other Parasites and Treatments

Ear Mites

Ear mites infect the ears of puppies, kittens, and older pets.  They produce a brown waxy substance and your pet will often shake its head and scratch their ears. At Yarmouth Veterinary Center we have ear drops and medications to treat ear mites in younger animals and older ones. They are contagious and all pets in your household should be treated when one has ear mites. The vet sometimes cleans out your pet's ear with cotton and a special solution.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are common in dogs and cat leading to scratching and itching, red patches of skin, and hair loss. Fleas can infest your home and multiply. We can recommend shampoos and products to treat your pet's flea problem. We sell collars, medications, and sprays that help you control and kill fleas on your pet. Our vets can recommend techniques on how to treat the problem in your home

Ticks are insects that attach to your dog or cat when they play outdoors.  Ticks feed on the blood of other animals such as dogs, cats, and even wildlife. Some ticks carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever that can infect pets. We can provide medications for your pets that kill the ticks when they bite which prevents them from transmitting these diseases. Technicians can remove these ticks and if your pet becomes symptomatic with a tick-borne illness a veterinary can run a blood test and treat them with antibiotics and medications.

Worms

Puppies and kittens can become infested with worms. While there are many different kinds of worms: whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms kittens and puppies should be treated early with a broad spectrum de-worming medications. Older pets are checked yearly with a fecal test and treated when needed.

Bring Your Pets to Yarmouth Veterinary Center to Get Rid of Heartworms

Contact Yarmouth Veterinary Center today to treat your pet for heartworm and other parasites. Our veterinarian will find the best treatment for your pet. Call 207-846-6515.

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