Healthy Dogs

Heartworm

There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, hearrtworm and intestinal worms. Please see our intestinal worm page for more information.

Heartworm

Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes, so your pet does not even need to be in contact with other pets to become infected!

Heartworm has a complicated lifecycle. Infected dogs have microfilaria, an immature form of heartworm, circulating in their bloodstream. Microfilariae are sucked up by mosquitoes when feeding on the blood of infected dogs. The immature parasite develops into a heartworm larva inside the mosquito, then a single bite from a carrier mosquito can infect your pet (dog or cat). As the worms mature in the heart they can cause a physical blockage as well as thickening of the heart  and associated blood vessels. In the early stages of the infection there may be no visible signs, however, infection may eventually lead to signs of heart failure (reluctance to exercise, lethargy, coughing) and even death. Heartworm is present throughout most of Australia (except Tasmania and arid areas).

Thankfully, heartworm is very easy to prevent and should form part of your pet health care routien. We have very effective preventataive treatment options avaliable including tablets, chews, spot-on's and even an annual injection for dogs administered by one of our vets. If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention we strongly recommend a heartworm test prior to starting a prevention program, followed by a repeat test six months after commencing.

Please call us to discuss the best heartworm prevention for your pet.

 

 

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Clinic Hours
 
Bligh Park Pet Health Centre is open 7 days a week, plus our after hours service provides you 24/7 assistance in emergencies.

Drop in anytime during business hours for enquiries, or call to make an appointment.


Consultation hours
Monday
9am - 11am  /  5pm - 7pm
Tuesday 
9am - 11am  /  5pm - 7pm
Wednesday
9am - 11am  /  5pm - 7pm
Thursday
9am - 11am  /  5pm - 7pm
Friday
9am - 11am  /  5pm - 7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
9 am - 11am
At other times by appointment

For afterhour emergencies phone:

         02 4577 7061

For Real Pet Food, we are popen from 9am to 7pm weekdays, and 9am to 11am on weekends and public holidays.

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