Pet Perils: The Disquieting Nature of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious condition.Caring for a pet is one of the easiest things to do because it’s so fun and rewarding. However, truly taking responsibility for an animal’s health and well-being isn’t without certain challenges or worries. In the case of heartworm disease, there are critical steps that need attention throughout the year.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Diagnosed in all 50 states, heartworm disease is caused by internal parasites that live in the blood vessels of the lungs and heart. It is potentially life-threatening, and both outdoor and indoor-only pets are at risk.

How It’s Transmitted

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting heartworm disease. When an infected animal is bitten, the mosquito picks up microscopic baby worms (microfilaria) in the bloodstream. Over the next 10-14 days, the microscopic worms develop into infective larvae inside the mosquito. When it bites a vulnerable animal, the mosquito deposits larvae on the skin and the bite wound. Continue…