Heartworm is a life-threatening canine parasite transmitted by mosquitoes and with the beginning of a brand new mosquito season upon us April has been named Heartworm Prevention Month.
Dirofilaria imitis , the main acting agent of heartworm disease, is transmitted by infected mosquitoes when D. immitis larvae are transferred to a healthy dog.
Heartworm has no obvious clinical signs in the early stages, making preventative measures so much more important-especially as advanced infection may result in death.
Cats can also be affected by heartworm, but is not seen as much as it is in dogs.
For more information on heartworm disease you can visit The American Heartworm Society.
There you can also see a map of which areas in the US are most at risk.
Did you know:
64% of dogs leave the veterinary clinic without a heartworm preventative.*
Despite the availability of monthly preventatives, prevalence rates of heartworm disease has remained constant nationwide.*
*source from Butler Schein
Before I started working in the veterinary field, I didn’t think heartworm disease could affect my dogs.
After seeing several cases over the years, now I know different.
It is in my surrounding area each year, maybe it’s my backyard.
Today I will give the dogs their heartworm pills, I do on the 1st of every month, 12 months out of the year.