At Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, we offer heartworm treatment administered by skilled, caring professionals.
Heartworm disease is a serious health concern among the canine population, although it can also occur in other animals, such as cats and ferrets. This disease is caused by a parasitic worm, known as Dirofilaria immitis, which can grow to be up to a foot in length. The worms are spread through mosquitos, so dogs that spend time outdoors tend to be more susceptible to the disease. Dogs are the most natural hosts for heartworms, so they can live in a dog for years and produce offspring, causing the numbers to increase. When untreated, heartworms can cause significant damage to the arteries, lungs, and heart of the dog.
In order to protect your dog, it’s important to keep up with heartworm treatment. At Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, we offer heartworm treatment administered by skilled, caring professionals. If you’re located in or near Elkin, North Carolina, you can schedule an appointment for your pet to be treated for heartworm, as well as receive the appropriate treatment.
When testing for heartworm in dogs, we use a small blood sample to look for the presence of heartworm proteins. If the test does come back positive, we can provide a treatment for the disease with a goal to help your dog overcome this health concern and live a healthy life. If it’s negative, we will provide heartworm prevention treatment that protects the dog from contracting it in the future. Whether we’re administering heartworm treatment or providing one of the other veterinary services we offer, our team members will treat your pet with love and compassion.