Parasites do not always cause external symptoms, making
and monthly preventative measures imperative.
Common Heartworm FAQs
Heartworm disease is inoculated into your pet’s bloodstream by a bite from an infected mosquito and migrate to the heart. As adults they grow to 6-8 inches long and live in the heart.
The short answer is mosquitoes. Not all mosquitoes carry heartworm, but once a mosquito has bitten a heartworm positive animal, it can spread to the animal that it feeds on. Many times, a mosquito may feed on the blood of a coyote, a fox, or other canines. This is why our pets need continuous preventatives, as carrier mosquitoes could increase at any time.
In the early stages, many dogs may have no symptoms. However, the longer the infection persists, the more likely you’ll see your dog develop symptoms. Here are some of those symptoms:
- Mild cough
- Reluctance to exercise
- Fatigue after moderate activity
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
There are a few ways that heartworms can be detected and diagnosed.
The primary way it is diagnosed is based on blood tests.
The short answer: PREVENTION! PREVENTION! PREVENTION!
Administering a consistent prevention as recommended by your veterinarian. There are a few things that you can do to keep mosquitoes away from your pets, such as using screens or keeping windows and doors closed, or limiting any stagnant water. The most effective option is keeping up to date on preventative.
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