Our veterinarian can do a blood test to detect heartworms. If the worms are found, the vet may recommend immediate treatment to prevent further debilitation. If no worms are found, the animal can be put on heartworm prevention drugs.
The treatment of heartworm disease can be lengthy and expensive. It requires complete the elimination of exercise to prevent damage to the heart and lungs. Canines receive medication to kill the adolescent worms, antibiotics and cortisone to relieve symptoms and allow the body to recover. There is no
standard heartworm treatment for felines, but supportive care, such as antibiotics, cortisone drugs, and oxygen therapy, can be helpful for recovery.