Dec 9, 2014

HEARTWORM IN DOGS

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HEARTWORM PREVENTION IN DOGS

Heartworms, Dirofilaria immitis, belong to the same class of worms as roundworms and are similar to them in appearance. Heartworms spend their adult life in the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels connecting the heart to the lungs. They can be found in both dogs and cats.
SIGNS OF HEARTWORM:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness

In dogs, the adult worms can obstruct large blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs. Worms may also enter smaller vessels in the lung and obstruct those vessels. In severe cases, called “caval syndrome” worms start to fill the right ventricle of the heart.

HEARTWORM PREVENTION:
Considering the fact that the earliest heartworm antigen and microfilariae can be detected is 5 and 6.5 months respectively, prevention is key.
Pets should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Preventives are not used to kill adult worms; drugs called adulticides must be used to kill them. Nevertheless, it is better to avoid heartworms through preventive measures.

We stock HEARTWORM SOLUBLE an effective, generic product manufactured and strictly tested on Australian animals. Heartworm soluble contains the active ingredient IVERMECTIN in a meaty, sweetly flavoured base. Each pack contains 6 water soluble tablets, giving your 6 months protection.

Heartworm Soluble comes in 4 varieties based on the size of your dog. The packs and tablets are colour coded. Use the guide below to choose the right product for your dog:

68 ug suitable for dogs up to 11 kg – Red Pack and Tablets

136 ug suitable for dogs 12 to 22 kg – Green Pack and Tablets

272 ug suitable for dogs 23 to 44 kg – Blue Pack and Tablets

408 ug suitable for dogs 45 to 67 kg – Yellow Pack and Tablets