The Heartbreak of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease can be devastating. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm preventives.Mosquitos are arguably one of the most reviled insects on Earth. Besides causing their annoying buzzing and painful, itchy bites, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading some of the most damaging and deadly vector-borne diseases to both people and animals.

Heartworm disease is one of the worst illnesses our pets can contract from mosquitoes, and regular screening, along with year-round prevention, is the best way to protect them.

Understanding Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. A mosquito picks up the parasite in its microscopic stage by feeding on an infected animal, such as a dog, coyote, raccoon, or opossum, and can pass it along to a different animal during a subsequent feeding. Continue…