- 1. Most mammals are at risk of heartworm disease although the risk varies with each species.
- 2. Dogs, cats (both indoor and outdoor) and ferrets are the most common domesticated pets diagnosed with heartworm disease.
- 3. Even humans are at risk for heartworm infections when bitten by an infected mosquito.
- In order to mature into adulthood, heartworm young MUST develop within a mosquito.
- Mosquitos are the primary vector for heartworms.
- Heartworm disease commonly affects both the heart and lungs of the host.
- Heartworms, if left untreated in a dog, may live for up to 7 years.
- Cats often rid themselves of heartworms; however their body’s immune response to the dead worms often triggers severe reactions which may result in death.
- Heartworm preventatives are available by prescription for both dogs and cats.
- Annual testing for heartworm disease is an important step in maintaining your pet’s health and assuring that prevention is affective.
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on heartworm disease or visit: www.heartwormsociety.org
Dr. Eugene Pei, DVM and Staff