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Heartworm Disease Awareness

Updated: Jun 27

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworm disease poses a significant risk to both dogs and cats, particularly in areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Mosquitoes carry the larvae of the heartworm parasite, which they transmit through their bites. Once inside a pet's body, these larvae mature into long, spaghetti-like worms that reside in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels, causing severe damage to these organs over time.


Dogs

Untreated heartworm disease can lead to symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and even heart failure. While less common in cats, heartworm disease can cause respiratory distress, vomiting, lethargy, and sudden death. Prevention is essential because treatment for heartworm disease can be costly, complex, and risky, and may not always be successful.


Cats

Although heartworm disease is less common, it can still be devastating, so prevention is equally important. Indoor cats are not immune to heartworm disease as mosquitoes can still find their way indoors.


Conclusion

Therefore, understanding the risks and taking proactive measures to prevent heartworm infection through regular use of preventatives and veterinary care is crucial for safeguarding the health of pets.

Heartworm Information
Heartworm Information

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