Heartworm & Tick Diseases

Heartworm and Tick-Borne Treatments in Edina, Minnesota

If you think your dog, cat, or other pet may be infected by heartworm disease, then visit Normandale Veterinary Hospital. We provide veterinarian care for animals that are victims of heartworm infections.

To schedule a diagnosis and treatment, call our clinic at 952-831-8272 or fill out our online contact form.

Heartworm Treatment Available

Dogs and cats are susceptible to heartworm infections and diseases that are transmitted through infected mosquito bites. If you do not treat your pet, it could die from heart and lung disease brought on by the presence of heartworms.

When you bring your pet to Normandale Hospital, we will run tests to determine if the animal is suffering from heartworms. If so, we can provide the proper treatment. We also recommend you have your pet vaccinated to prevent the threat of heartworm-related diseases in the future.

Dog Heartworm Symptoms

Dogs may show few symptoms or no symptoms at all during the early stages of heartworm disease. As the infection develops, you may notice there are acute symptoms such as:

  • Mild persistent cough
  • Laziness or reluctance for physical activity
  • Fatigue after moderate activity
  • Reduced appetite
  • Some weight loss
  • Heart failure
  • Swollen belly

If your dog has multiple heartworms, it can suffer from a sudden blood flow blockage to the heart. This can result in a cardiovascular collapse or heart failure. You may notice that your pet suddenly has a difficult time breathing, has pale gums, or dark, bloody urine. There is a slim chance that your dog will survive if you do not treat the disease immediately.

Tick Removal

Ticks are parasites that draw blood from the surface of the pet’s skin. Since ticks can live virtually anywhere, they threaten your pet every time it goes outside. Ticks transmit Lyme disease and bacteria that can lead to chronic pain and physical conditions, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. Animals can also suffer from a combination of diseases. They can also infect humans as well as pets.

We can perform a blood test to determine what type of disease your pet is carrying and what treatment we should administer. Our doctors can also provide recommendations for how to prevent ticks from infecting your dog or cat’s body.

Symptoms of Tick-Related Diseases

Tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis have noticeable symptoms you can identify. These symptoms include:

  • Lyme: Pets may exhibit symptoms such as fever, lethargy, swollen joints, limping.
  • Ehrlichiosis: Pets may exhibit fever, respiratory issues, or weight loss.
  • Anaplasmosis: Pets may exhibit lameness, fever, or loss of appetite.

If you notice your pet displays one or more of these symptoms, then contact Normandale Veterinary Hospital right away. We may need to run a test to determine what is wrong with your pet.

Testing Available for Your Pets

There is no early warning sign that your pet has heartworm or Lyme disease. Once observable signs of disease appear, your pet is already suffering severely from heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease. Even with treatment, there is a likelihood of permanent damage that can affect your dog’s health for the rest of its life.

Therefore, It is important that we discover heartworm and tick-borne diseases before they cause severe illness or fatality. For this reason, we offer testing for heartworms and tick-borne diseases to ensure your pet is not infected by either. So, if it’s been over twelve months since you’ve had your pet tested, we recommend bringing it into the clinic for a complete evaluation.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Pet in Minneapolis

If you believe your pet may be suffering from a tick or heartworm-related disease, then contact Normandale Veterinary Hospital today. We offer full testing, vaccination, and treatment of all types of medical conditions for both cats and dogs, as well as other pets.

If you need emergency care or would like to schedule an appointment for medical treatment, call us at 952-831-8272 or send a message on our contact page.

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