7 Signs and Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Wouldn’t it be fun if our dogs talked to us and told us what they were thinking? Not only would that make life a little more comedic, it would also allow them to tell us when they weren’t feeling well. Since our dogs can’t talk to us, they tell us how they are feeling with their actions, making it important to note changes in your dog’s behavior or personality. If you think something may be wrong, note the symptoms and call your veterinarian.

Just like any other disease, heartworm disease has signs and symptoms that you need to look out for, especially if your dog is not on heartworm preventative medication.

Here are 7 signs your dog may have heartworm disease:
• a soft, dry cough. (The parasites make their way to the lungs and start multiplying in the lungs and surrounding veins)
• inactivity or lethargy
• weight loss or anorexia
• rapid or difficult breathing
• bulging chest
• allergic reaction
• collapse

VIP Petcare recommends having your dog tested for heartworm disease annually to ensure he or she is heartworm free. A negative test also puts you in the clear to continue administering heartworm preventative medication.

If you are consistent with administering heartworm prevention to your dog, testing annually is a good check point to ensure they are still heartworm free. If you do not consistently administer a heartworm preventative (even missing one or two months) contact your veterinarian.

Our veterinarians will be happy to answer any questions you have about heartworm disease and how to prevent and test for it during your visit to a clinic. If you have questions, feel free to visit our staff at a Community Clinic near you or contact us.