Welcome to Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital!
Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital knows your pet is one of the family. We share your love of animals and value the richness these faithful friends bring to our lives. Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care to our patients while serving our clients with exceptional compassion and professionalism.
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Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital | 210-697-8581
6600 W Prue Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78240
April Is Heartworm Awareness Month!
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions.
What do I need to know about heartworm testing?
Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances the pet will recover. There are few, if any, early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test administered by a veterinarian is important. The test requires just a small blood sample from your pet, and it works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins.
Prevention is Key!
Whether the preventive you choose is given as a pill, a spot-on topical medication or as an injection, all approved heartworm medications work by eliminating the immature (larval) stages of the heartworm parasite. This includes the infective heartworm larvae deposited by the mosquito as well as the following larval stage that develops inside the animal. Unfortunately, in as little as 51 days, immature heartworm larvae can molt into an adult stage, which cannot be effectively eliminated by preventives. Because heartworms must be eliminated before they reach this adult stage, it is extremely important that heartworm preventives be administered strictly on schedule (monthly for oral and topical products and every 6 months for the injectable). Learn more about the heartworm prevention medications that we have available to protect your pet, http://babcockhills.com/services/heartworm-and-flea-prevention-.html.
"Heartworm Basics." American Heartworm Society. Web. 2015.