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Heartworm Disease Facts and Myths

April 20, 2017

April is Heartworm Prevention Awareness Month. This disease is so easy to prevent and so difficult to treat! Learn about some facts and myths surrounding heartworm.

Heartworm Disease Facts and MythsHeartworm Disease Facts

  • In the United States, there are 22 different mosquito species that carry heartworm. All of them are active at different times of the day and year.
  • A heartworm-positive dog in the neighborhood substantially increases the risk of infection to healthy dogs.
  • Southeastern Ohio experiences above average heartworm infection rates. There are between 26-99 cases reported per clinic each year.

Heartworm Disease Myths

  • FALSE: Indoor pets are safe from heartworm infection.
  • FALSE: Cats don’t get heartworm disease.
  • FALSE: I could tell if my dog had heartworm disease.
  • FALSE: Dogs taking heartworm preventatives shouldn’t be tested every year.

If your cat or dog isn’t on a heartworm preventative, give us a call and make an appointment!

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