We at Noble Veterinary Clinic understand how important it is to avoid problems before occur. Below, we’ve covered some basic medical information that is important to be aware of throughout your pet’s life.
Dirofilaria immitis (Heartworm)
A parasitic roundworm spread from host to host through mosquito bites.
This small, thread-like worm is most commonly found in dogs, but can also infect cats and in very rare cases, humans.
Adult worms can grow up to 14-inches long, residing in the heart and pulmonary arteries of the infected host - leading to less blood being pumped through the body.
Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and lethargy. However, heartworm disease is preventable and generally treatable.
This one-celled organism that can be found in your pet’s intestinal tract. Particularly in younger and senior animals, Coccidia can cause life-threatening diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.
After the infection, the animal’s intestinal cells rupture, releasing immature coccidia into the animal’s stool, which can be ingested by unsuspecting animals.
These single-celled organisms are commonly found in the animal’s intestine, causing diarrhea, bloody or mucousy stool as well as gassiness and weight loss.
Giardia is transmitted through the the ingestion of contaminated cysts in food or drinking water and can be passed on to humans, causing similar symptoms.
While easy to remove at home with constant, gentle, pulling pressure - tick bites can cause swollen bumps on your pet that can last for up to two to three weeks.
Fleas can transmit parasites to your animal such as tapeworms and will itch roughly 10 times more than a mosquito bite.
The effects of a flea bite can be worsened if your pet has an allergy to flea saliva - which is quite common in animals.