Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that enters the blood stream of your pet through the bite of an infected mosquito. All dogs and cats are at risk even if they are house pets. All it takes the bite from one infected mosquito to transmit the parasite to your pet. In dogs these worms will multiple and grow over time reaching maturity in the heart. Left untreated this will cause damage to the heart and lungs leading to heart failure in time. Cats will have significant lung damage from heart worm infection. Routine testing and prevention will provide protection for your pet from this disease. In our area of Southern Ohio cases of heart worm disease are still seen frequently every year. Testing and prevention are the best way to keep your pets healthy and prevent this disease, helping your pets to lead longer, healthier and happy lives! Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about heart worm disease and your pet.
For more information check the link below for the American Heart worm Society