Heartworm larvae are transmitted by infected mosquitoes that bite the dog and deposit heartworm larvae on the dog’s skin. The larvae migrate through the tissue and into the bloodstream of the dog or cat where they continue developing. By the time clinical signs of heartworm disease appear, the disease can already be in its advanced stages.
Heartworms spend their adult lives in the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs. The adult worms block the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart to thelungs, liver, and kidneys and can grow up to 12 inches long.
“The American Heartworm Society strongly recommends that dogs and cats be on heartworm prevention twelve months a year,” stated Wallace Graham, DVM, president of AHS. “Our vision is a heartworm-free world, and prevention is the key.”
As your pets health care provider, we feel it is in the best interest of your pet to be tested yearly, starting now, for heartworm and to be placed on a once a month chewable preventative tablet. Please call us today to schedule an appointment and to answer any questions you may have 702-648-8583.