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Although heartworm disease is preventable, it continues to put thousands of dogs, cats, and ferrets at serious risk in all 50 states. This is, in part, due to some misconceptions about heartworm prevention, such as the idea that it is only a ‘seasonal worry’, and therefore medications only need to be used during springs and summer.
This risky gamble leaves many pets susceptible to the infection. In fact, here in California, many parasitic diseases are on the rise because of our mild climate, making it possible for these vector-borne illnesses to be transmitted year-round.
The Facts About Heartworm Disease
Dirofilaria immitis, the parasitic worm that is the cause of heartworm disease, is spread through the bite of a mosquito that has acquired this parasite by feeding on an infected animal (typically, other infected dogs or canids like coyotes and foxes). Continue…