Heartworm Disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Heartworm Disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs can result in severe
- Lung disease
- Heart failure,
- Organ damage
- And Death
Despite treatment success, the effects and pathology of bulldog heartworm disease are long-lasting and are likely to impact life expectancy.
Heartworm disease (Dirofilaria immitis) is more common in dogs but cats can also be infected.
Others are, coyotes, ferrets, wolves, sea lions, seals, and other animals, occasionally it even infects humans.
Heartworm Disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRANSMISSION:
Bulldog Heartworm Disease is a serious and deadly condition carried by mosquitos and is transmitted by their bite.
Bulldog Heartworm transmitted worms will mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring all while living inside your infected bulldog or French bulldog, lungs, and associated blood vessels.
BULLDOG HEARTWORM DISEASE TRANSMISSION TO HUMAN
Bulldog heartworm disease does NOT spread directly from animal to animal (or animal to human), the transmission is via a mosquito bite.
A mosquito takes a blood meal from an infected animal carrying the worm after and then infects your bulldog with his bite.
Heartworm Disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs REGIONAL:
Regionally the disease has been on the rise, heartworm cases are increasing in Los Angeles.
According to a report updated on April 26, 2016, by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In recent years Heartworm disease has been on the rise, possibly due to new drought-resistant mosquito strains.
The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round prevention of heartworm disease and annual heartworm tests in all dogs, regardless of geographic location.
Heartworm Disease in Bulldog and French Bulldogs SYMPTOMS:
Unfortunately, by the time clinical signs are seen, the disease is usually well advanced.
Common symptoms are: (most of which get worse after activity)
2. Difficult breathing
4. Loss of energy
5. Heart failure
Heartworm Disease in Bulldog and French Bulldogs PREVENTION:
Remember Bulldog Heartworm disease is much cheaper and eaiser to PREVENT than TREAT.
Traditionally preventions required oral administration once a month at home.
There is also a once-a-year ProHeart heartworm preventive injection.
BULLDOG HEARTWORM PROHEART INJECTION TREATMENT
The ProHeart injection offers multiple benefits over the monthly oral one:
BULLDOG HEARTWORM TREATMENT OWNER’S COMPLIANCE:
A 12-month injection makes it 100% bulletproof against the likelihood of skipping or forgetting a treatment.
BULLDOG HEARTWORM TREATMENT BULLY COMPLIANCE:
Every 12-month injection makes it 100% bulletproof against the likelihood of your pet spitting or vomiting the heartworm chew.
A. AFFORDABLE: ProHeart Injection is low cost.
B. INTESTINAL PARASITE: ProHeart also helps to protect your bulldog from harmful intestinal parasites.
C. GUARANTEE HW: If your pet had a negative HW test prior to the treatment, ProHeart manufacture guarantees the injectable treatment and will pay for the treatment in the unfortunate event your bulldog or French bulldog is found positive during the 6 or 12-month treatment duration.
F. GUARANTEE INTESTINAL PARASITE: ProHeart manufacturer also guarantees the injection effectiveness against the common intestinal parasite, thus if your pet is diagnosed with hookworms, whipworms, or roundworms during the 6 or 12-month treatment duration, they will pay for deworming treatment.
Heartworm Disease in Bulldog and French Bulldogs TIPS:
BULLDOG HEARTWORM MOSQUITO CONTROL
1. STANDING WATER: avoid outdoors open water fixtures, drinking bowls, fountains, and standing water in your gutters
2. INDOORS: keep your pet indoors at night
3. COYOTE CONTROL: infected coyotes are common reservoirs of the disease. Don’t leave food or water that attracts them and other critters
4. RESERVOIRS: untreated pets who are infected serve as reservoirs that allow mosquitoes to infect more pets and people.
Heartworm Disease in Bulldog and French Bulldogs SUMMARY:
BULLDOG HEARTWORM TREATMENT
- VERY SERIOUS: bulldog heartworm is a serious medical condition
- VERY EXPENSIVE: while bulldog heartworm prevention is inexpensive treating the condition is very expensive and risky
- LONG CONFINEMENT: bulldog heartworm treatment requires cage rest and long confinement
- RISKY TREATMENT: the treatment carries an element of risk, bulldog heartworm prevention is cheaper and safer
- LONG LASTING: the aftermath of bulldog heartworm disease is long-lasting.
BULLDOG HEARTWORM PREVENTION
- VERY EASY
- VERY INEXPENSIVE
- VERY SAFE
- VERY REWARDING
An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owner