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Heartworm Disease

Definition

With as little as one bite from a mesquito your pet can become infected with heartworm disease! The American Heartworm Society estimates that at any one time over a million pets are infected with adult heartworms.

Symptoms

Most pets show no signs of heartworm disease until the late stages. Possible signs of heartworm in your pet:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Consistent mild cough
  • Lethargic
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

Diagnoses

Year 2014 2015 2016
Diagnosed Pets 41 36 39

Mosquitoes can carry microfilariae by consuming a meal from an infected animal. In a matter of 10-14 days the microfilariae mature into infective larvae. Then when the infected mosquito bites your pet the larvae enters your pet’s bloodstream. This is where the heartworms grow and invade your pets heart. The heartworms can grow to a foot long and live for up to seven years leading your pet to be at high risk for heart failure. Heartworms impair blood circulation, resulting in damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Serious damage may occur, even before outward clinical signs are detected by the owner.

Treatment

Initially your pet will be given an antibiotic to kill bacteria that lives within heartworms. You will then need to schedule a series of visits for your pet. During these visits your pet will receive an injection that kills adult heartworms. Keeping these appointments is crucial to the recovery of your pet. Heartworms are not cured overnight but rather over several months.

Prevention

As always we recommend regular veterinary visits as a preventative measure. Medications such as Heartgard, Nexgard, Trifexis, and Advantage Multi are great preventatives that are given once a month. It is crucial that these are given once a month to be effective. If you have trouble remembering Heartgard provides heart stickers to add to your calendar and they also have a Heartgard reminder app available for iPhones and Androids.

We also recommend, as well as the American Heartworm Association, getting your pet heartworm tested once a year. Previously we were heartworm testing every two years but with the recent increase in heartworms being seen in El Paso we highly recommend annual test.

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Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79912

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Open Close
Tuesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Wednesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Thursday 9am- 4pm 5500 N Desert Blvd
Friday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 11100 Sean Haggerty
Saturday 9:30am- 4pm Pets Barn 1790 Zaragoza
Sunday Closed Closed

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa El Paso TX, 79912

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am Closed
6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 2:00 pm Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hours 8am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9:30am- 4pm
Location

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

5500 N Desert Blvd.

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza

***Last sign-in for the mobile clinic will be taken at 2:30 pm everyday***