Heartworm Disease – All Pets Are At Risk
By Dr. Katy Nelson
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition of dogs, cats, and ferrets, caused by infestation of a parasite known as Dirofilaria immitus. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes to animals, and are most commonly found in the Southern United States. However, Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states and risk factors are impossible to predict. Even indoor only pets are at risk of infection.
For that reason, the American Heartworm Society recommends that you “Think 12: (1) Get your pet tested every 12 months for heartworm, and (2) Give your pet heartworm preventive 12 months a year.”