Preventing Heart Worm is Easy. Treating Heart Worm Is Not!
What Exactly Is Heartworm Disease?
- Adult worms release their young, called microfilariae, into an animal’s bloodstream.
- A mosquito bites the infected animal.
- Mosquitoes that have become infected transmit it by biting your pet.
- It takes up to 6 months for the microfilariae (young heartworms) to mature into adult worms.
- For dogs- the maturing young and adult worms inhabit the bloodstream, working their way to your pet's heart. The worms can live up to 7 years in your pet!
- For cats- the maturing young and adult worms fester in the blood stream and heart. They can live up to 3 years!
Where Is Heartworms Found In The U.S.?
- Found in all 50 states.
- Most cases come from the southern part of the country.
- Where ever mosquitoes are - there is heart worm disease.
Signs of Heartworm Disease In Dogs:
- May not show signs of the disease unless the dog is heavily infected.
- Mild persistent cough
- Reluctant to move or exercise
- Fatigue after moderate exercise
- Reduction in appetite and weight loss.
Signs of Heartworm Disease In Cats:
- May exhibit signs that are very non-specific, mimicking several other feline diseases.
- Difficult or rapid breathing
- Lethargy and weight loss.
- Sometimes feline asthma or allergic bronchitis can be mistaken for Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD)