Heartworm is a disease that arises through parasitic infestation of Dirofilaria immitis. The dog is the primary host although it can infect cats too and under very rare circumstances even humans. The disease is spread from host to host through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The heartworm inhabits the pulmonary arterial system and the heart of its host. Health problems that arise include damage to the lung vessels and tissues. In serious infections death typically results from congestive heart failure. While dogs all over the United States may become infected with heartworm the risk for infection is higher within 150 miles of the coast from Texas to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River. Many dogs show little to no signs of infection even after the worms become adults. For the first six months of infection, called the prepatent period, the worms are not adults and current diagnostic tests will not be able to detect their presence. Rare symptoms include blindness, seizures, and lameness in the event that a migrating heartworm ends up in the eye, brain or artery in the leg. Sometimes more active dogs will develop a cough. In cases of advanced infection the heartworms will have infested the heart and the animal might exhibits signs of severe weight loss, fainting, coughing up blood, and congestive heart failure finally resulting in death. DV Medical Supply advises clients to encourage preventative treatment among patients.
From its headquarters in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply, Inc., distributes medical and surgical supplies for use in the health care and veterinary industries. DV Medical Supply provides a range of pharmaceuticals, including Meloxicam, a commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used by patients with osteoarthritis. Here are some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
1. Pain. Osteoarthritis inflames the joints, often resulting in pain or tenderness, particularly during or after movement of the affected joint.
2. Large joints. The affected joints may appear larger than usual, an issue that particularly affects those with osteoarthritis of the knees. The increased size results from the formation of bone spurs around the joint.
3. Stiffness. Following long periods of inactivity, such as sleep, the joint becomes stiff leading to a loss of some flexibility. In some cases, this loss of motion affects the patient throughout the day.
4. Muscle loss. Severe osteoarthritis can cause muscles to lose their bulk, particularly if the condition forces the patient into inactivity.
5. Grating. When using the affected joint, patients may hear a grating sound that is often accompanied by pain.