Kalihi - Palama, Hawaii
1414 Dillingham Blvd, #102-3
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845-1762

Veterinarian Explains Heartworm Disease & How You Can Prevent It March 9, 2018

Kalihi - Palama, Honolulu
Veterinarian Explains Heartworm Disease & How You Can Prevent It, Honolulu, Hawaii

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, a time of year when veterinarians emphasize the importance of understanding this parasite. In Hawaii, heartworm prevention requires year-round vigilance due to the constant presence of mosquitoes. That’s why the team at Ohana Veterinary Hospital in Honolulu would like to share some key information on the topic. The points below will help you keep your pet free from infection.

What Are Heartworms?

VeterinarianThe heartworm is a parasite that primarily attacks dogs, although cats can also play host to it. If an animal has heartworms, they will often produce very tiny larvae in the bloodstream. Mosquitoes bite these infected animals, and in doing so, remove the larvae from their bodies. When those same mosquitoes bite other animals, the larvae enter their bloodstream where they can grow to maturity. 

What Are the Risks?

Unfortunately, infected pets often display no symptoms during the early stages of heartworm disease. Over time they may develop fatigue, lethargy, chronic coughing, and an overall decrease in energy levels. Eventually, heartworm disease can be fatal. Sometimes heartworms accumulate to such a degree that they cause heart blockages.

How Can I Prevent Heartworm Disease?

First, contact your veterinarian to discuss setting up a heartworm disease testing schedule. Dogs should be tested regularly, but your vet needs to account for their maturity before developing the proper schedule.

During your appointment, ask about prevention options. Typically, a dog or cat can take medication or consume a certain type of food designed specifically to guard against heartworm infection. In the meantime, don’t let your dog or cat spend too much unsupervised time outdoors, especially on warm days when mosquitoes are abundant.

At Ohana Veterinary Hospital in Honolulu, they believe that education is the key to keeping pets healthy. That’s why their veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you have about heartworm disease. Contact them online for more information or call (808) 845-1762.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Ohana Veterinary Hospital Inc
3 Tips for Working With Your Veterinarian to Set Up a Vaccination Schedule, Honolulu, Hawaii
The easiest and most effective method of ensuring your pet lives a long and healthy life is to have it vaccinated. Your veterinarian will tell you which vaccines your cat or dog shou...read more
National Pet Dental Health Month: A Guide to Animal Oral Care, Honolulu, Hawaii
Oral health is an essential part of any pet’s wellbeing. With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect time to educate yourself on keeping your animal’s teet...read more
$50 Off Pet Dental at Ohana Veterinary Hospital!, Honolulu, Hawaii
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? Your pet’s dental health plays a crucial role in your pet’s overall health. Dental problems can cause, or be caus...read more
Veterinarians List 3 Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog, Honolulu, Hawaii
Most people are familiar with the feeling they get when they look into the eyes of their furry friend who is waiting patiently for a scrap of human food to fall off the table. While ...read more