All You Need To Know About Heartworm Disease In Pets

Heartworm DiseaseMosquitoes can transmit parasites to pets which cause heartworm. The disease is transmitted by more than 30 species of mosquitoes bite. This disease results in permanent or life-threatening damage to the heart and other organs of your pets because the mature heartworms are often found in the pulmonary arteries or pets heart.

Signs Of Heartworms

Dogs and cats are the victims of heartworms although their signs of having disease are different.

  • Dogs: Your dog may suffer from a mild persistent cough, exercise intolerance, fatigue after moderate activity, weight loss and decreased appetite.
  • Cats: The cats can become very subtle and dramatic, and they indicate about the disease by coughing, asthma, lack of appetite, weight loss and periodic vomiting. Unluckily, the sign of heartworm in cats could be sudden collapse or death.


Diagnosis in cats for heartworms can be challenging while in dogs that can be done performing various tests including:

  • Blood Antibody Test
  • Blood Antigen Test
  • Chest Radiographs
  • Echocardiogram

Heartworm Diseases Treatment

The treatment of the diseases include the injections that kill off the heartworms over the course as recommended by the veterinarians. In some cases, the dogs are hospitalized during treatment. Unfortunately, the cats get a strong infection in their lungs to respond to the medication or may die.

We, at Bloor-Kipling Animal Clinic, provide pet examination, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases in your pets. If you feel, your pets are not behaving good, inform us as we are here to offer head-to-toe veterinary care at a competitive price.