What is Heartworm Disease? Why is it important to keep my pet on Heartworm Prevention?
Heartworm disease is a serious disease. The foot-long worms aka heartworms live in the pet's hearts, lungs and blood vessels. Heartworms can cause lung disease, heart failure, along with damage to other organs. Heartworm Preventions play a vital role in protecting your pet from the danagers of heartworms.
How does my pet get heartworms?
All it takes is one bite from a mosquito to infect your pet. The mosquito transmits heartworms from one animal to another. Even if your pet resides strictly indoors, they still are at risk for heartworm disease. Mosquitoes do go indoors, too.
How great is the risk that my pet will become infected?
In 2016, The American Heartworm Society conducted a study with veterinarians from all over the country. They asked how many heartworm positive cases the veterinarians had seen in the past year. Veterinarians in all 50 states reported that they had seen at least ONE positive heartworm pet. The southeast, including Atlanta, had higher numbers of heartworm positive cases ranging between 26 to 100 cases per clinic than the rest of the country.