Canine Heart worm Disease detection

Transmission of Heartworm

Rapid Canine Dirofilaria immitis Ag Test Kit

(Canine Heartworm)

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76  GBP

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Rapid Canine Dirofilaria immitis Ag Test Kit (Canine Heartworm)

Catalog number : RG11-02

Quantity: 1T x 10/Kit

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Supplier name : Labgrade

Canine Dirofilaria immitis

We all love our pets to the core and we cannot bear when they are sick. Vets are warning in 2020 more cases are registered than before.

Is there an Heart-worm outbreak in 2020?

There are as well in Europe as USA reported much more cases in 2020 than before. This has not only to do with the better diagnosis of dogs but also with the increase due to increased travelling and mobility.

This is why it is essential to gain information about all types of the diseases that can affect canine health. Ever since people have started keeping dogs as the pets, they have been struggling with the heart-worm disease which makes their dogs sick. In this article, we are trying to provide all the pet owners with the information regarding heart worm disease. Labgrade has have everything you need to know and every kit for detection of heart worms.

Dirofilaria immitis in dog liver

What is Heartworm Disease?

This is the fatal disease found in the pets in the United States of America and the other surrounding areas. In this disease, the worms make a home in the different organs of the animal such as in blood vessels, heart, and lungs. The worms are usually a feet long and can lead to fatal lung diseases, damage to the organs, and even the heart failure in severe cases. This disease is affecting a multitude of animals such as cats, ferrets, and dogs. There are sea lions, wolves, and coyotes which are affected by the disease as well. However, there are some rare cases when heartworm affects the human beings as well. If the fox or coyote has the heartworm, the chances of carrying the disease to other area increase at a fatal rate as they live in the urban areas.

As far as the dogs are concerned, they are natural hosts for heartworm. This means that if some heartworm is living inside your dog, it tends to grow, mate with others, and produce more heartworms which is bad for the dog health. If the heartworm disease isn’t treated at the right time, the numbers can grow and become a hub for the heartworms in the longer run. If the numbers increase, they can pose severe threats to the heart, arteries, and lungs which is pretty bad for the health. It has been seen that even if the parasites are removed and the dog recovers, the quality of life is affected at a great scale. This is the main reason it is said that pet owners need to consider the preventive measures from the start rather than crying over the split milk. Moreover, even if there is need for the treatment, it should be started in the early stages to ensure that side effects are reduced as much as possible.

How Is Heartworm Disease Transmitted From One Pet To Another?

This is the most asked question because pet owners tend to take extreme care of their pets and when they get the threatening disease as that of the heartworm, they question who their pet could get it. The top answer is that mosquitos play a critical role in optimizing the life cycle of the heartworms. If there is a female heartworm living inside the dog, they tend to reproduce and give birth to the microbial worms named as microfilaria which run in the bloodstream of the pet. Now, when a mosquito bites the pet, they inject out the blood filled with baby worms and are matured into the infective stage larvae.

Canine Dirofilaria immitis transmission

After that, when the mosquito bites another dog, the larvae are withdrew into the bloodstream of the pet they are biting through the wound surface of the mosquito bite. Once they get inside the pet’s body, the mature into the adult heartworm in the period of over six months and once matured, they can live for around five to seven years. These worms tend to have pretty long life and in the mosquito season, the number of worms in the pets tends to increase, credits given to the tedious mosquitos.

What Are The Signs Of Heartworm Disease In Dogs?

If you are suspecting that your dog might be suffering from the heartworm disease, we have added the information which will help you deduce if the dog has the disease. In the early stages, the symptoms can be minimum to none and with the time, the symptoms can start showing up. For instance, if the dog has activated and heavily infected organs filled with the heartworms, they can show multiple clinical signs such as mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss.

With the passing time, the disease will grow and get severe. In the sever stages, the dog can have a heart failure and given the excessive fluid in the abdomen, the belly might start swelling up. There can be blockages in the blood vessels and arteries which can hinder the blood flow and lead to cardiovascular collapse. In the cardiovascular collapse, there can be a plethora of issues adhered such as dark, bloody, and brown urine along with pale gums, and labored breathing. However, if these blockages are removed, the dogs can survive in some lucky cases.

What Is The Heartworm Disease Testing?

This disease cannot be taken lightly because it can progress and get into the sever state without letting anyone know. If the disease is diagnosed in the early stages, the dog will have a higher chance of recovering from it. There are some early signs of heartworm disease for the pets and the veterinarian can help you with the tests. In the test, blood sample from the dog is taken and heartworm protein is checked. If the protein is present, this means that your dog has the heartworm disease. After getting the positive results, there are new sets of the tests implemented to check the severity of the disease.

What Should Be The Testing Time For The Dog?

It is needless to remind that heartworm affects different animals but as we are talking about the dogs, they need to be tested on the annual basis. Every time you take the dog to the vet, he or she can check for the heartworm protein. There are some measures as well which include the following;

  • If the puppy is aged under seven months, he should be tested after every six months twice. If the heartworm is absent in both visits, the test can be changed to annual basis
  • The dogs aged above seven months need to be preventive about the heartworm disease and the testing include one six month visit along with one annual test
  • If you forget to get the dog tested, the tests need to be taken immediately whenever you recall

There are many preventive medications available for the dogs which are given on the monthly basis. These medications tend to be pretty effective but if you forget to give them the medication or are late, the dog can be unprotected and the risk of catching the heartworm disease increases to a substantial rate. Also, whenever you give the medication, make sure the dog swallows it to ensure it works. So, it is essential to get your dog to the vet and get the medication prescribed before it’s too late.

What Happens If Dog Tests Positive For Heartworms?

This is the case multiple times when the regular checkup can deduce that your dog has caught the heartworm disease. The best thing to do is to stabilize the dogs because if not, the dog cannot be treated. In other words, if you get the medical treatment for your dog, it can help getting rid of the heartworm disease because medications are pretty effective. Once the tests are positive, do the following;

  • Confirm the diagnosis by making your dog undergo an additional tests
  • The dog needs to rest which means there should be no exercises
  • Your dog will need the stabilizing therapy
  • Once the treatment starts, you should administer it on regular basis
  • After the treatment is done, you need to get the tests done on regular basis for few months to ensure there are no heartworms left

What Are The Stages of Heartworm Disease?

There are four stages of the heart-worm Dirofilaria immitis disease which we have explained below:

  • In the first stage, there are nary symptoms because the heart-worms are just settling in
  • In the second stage, the dog will show intolerance of exercise and lingering cough will be there
  • In the third stage, fatigue, prolonging cough, nary exercise, and problem in breathing can be witnessed
  • ●        In the fourth stage, the dog will symptoms as in the stage three but they will be way more severe.

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