|What are the
symptoms of canine heartworm?
Symptoms of heartworm disease may include loss of appetite, lethargy, exercise
intolerance, weight loss, fever, dyspnea (difficult, labored breathing,
shortness of breath), coughing, weakness, dull dry coat, and hemorrhage.
There are no symptoms at all until the disease
is advanced. In advanced stages of heartworm the symptoms are those of
congestive heart failure: dull dry and scruffy coat, lack of energy, coughing, difficulty
breathing, syncope (fainting - temporary loss of consciousness due to poor blood
flow to the brain), exercise intolerance, abnormal lung sounds, abnormal heart
sounds, ascites (fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen - caused by
the kidneys and liver not eliminating fluid/toxins from the body properly, due to the heavy
hepatomegaly (enlarged liver),
(blood in the sputum),
anorexia, weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting and
Heartworm has been reported in all 50 states.
It is found in dogs, cats, foxes, wolves and other wild carnivores as well as in
sea lions and humans.
Killing heartworms can be dangerous for your dog. Dead worms can clog
small blood vessels causing organs to fail making it imperative that your dog be
confined to a small space to try and prevent this from happening. Older,
sick, or pregnant animals may not be able to tolerate traditional veterinary
treatment and some canines are simply sent home to die without care, as the
traditional heartworm treatment would kill the canine. This is why
slow method of treatment has its benefits, which allows your dog to
recover slowly. HeartWorm
works well for all dogs, young, elderly, and can even be used for pregnant dogs. Suggested dose for pregnant dogs is one-half the recommended dose while the
female is pregnant and then the full dose can be resumed as soon as she has her
does NOT require your dog to be confined.
of heartworms can cause swelling in the lungs, pulmonary arteries, kidneys, and
heart which will eventually cause the dog to die. Heartworm
can also cause anemia and liver damage.
The longer your
dog has heartworm the greater the risk you are taking for heart, lung,
pulmonary arteries, liver, and/or kidney damage.