Heartworm disease is a serious condition affecting dogs across the country. Luckily, this is a condition that is very simple to prevent. In this two-part blog series, we will look at some of the warning signs you should be aware of. Here are the first three:

No symptoms
In the early stages of a heartworm infection, there will be no symptoms. It can take up to six months for the worm to fully mature and start causing problems. This is why prevention and early detection are very important. There are a number of heartworm medications available, and regular examinations should be part of your normal veterinarian schedule.

Coughing
Once the heartworms are fully mature, they will target your dog’s lungs. Once they are in the lungs they will begin to reproduce and further infest the lungs and surrounding areas. This can lead to a dry cough. This cough is one of the major warning signs for heartworms. It can get so bad that your dog faints even with light exertion.

Weight loss
When your dog has heartworms it will be difficult for them to perform many normal activities, including eating. If your dog has a drastically decreased appetite that leads to weight loss, this may be a sign that they have a heartworm infection.

Heartworm is an extremely serious condition that should not be ignored. Ideally, you will either prevent it completely, or catch it early. In our next blog we will look at two more warning signs. If you need a mobile vet in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered. Call us today for door-to-door veterinary services, including emergency care.