Is your pet at risk for heartworm disease?

May 15, 2014

plastic-heart-300x224Heartworm is a preventable but potentially life-threatening disease spread by the bite of a mosquito carrying the blood-borne parasite. When a mosquito bites a heartworm-positive animal, it carries the heartworm parasite to the next animal it bites, who can then become infected.

The treatment for heartworm disease is typically arsenic-based, which can be very toxic for the body and is generally unpleasant for the pet. Understanding and preventing heartworm infection will keep your pet from having to suffer from the symptoms and treatment of heartworm disease.

Learn more about heartworm disease and how to prevent your pet from becoming infected via following article for PetSafe- Is your pet at risk for heartworm disease?

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TheOldBroad May 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

True. Just because a critter doesn’t ever go outdoors, it’s possible for insects to get into the house. I’m sure I’ve posted my story about Darlene’s tapeworms. Insects can get in through doors as we humans are entering/existing. They can come in on our shoes. And, of course, there’s the houseguest that might bring in an insect or two.

I’ve had a couple of kitties tested for heartworm disease when they coughed, but happily the tests didn’t come back positive.

It’s my understanding that treating a cat for heartworm can be dangerous due to their smaller heart. As the worms die, they could block heart function. Is that true?

How do you approach treating heartworm positive cats, Dr. Mahaney?

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