Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats: Facts and Prevention

With the advent of spring comes wildflowers, longer days, and more time outside with our best friends. While all of these things are welcome, something else that comes with warm weather is not: mosquitos and their bites.

Over 30 species of mosquitoes can now transmit deadly and serious disease to our pets – dogs and cats alike. You may have heard of heartworm disease, and although this was once thought of as a problem only in southern states, the truth is that the incidence of heartworm disease is growing in all 50 states and in Canada. Once infected, your pet faces permanent organ damage and even death.

Learning the facts about heartworm disease and how you can prevent it is the first step towards keeping your furry loved ones safe.

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The Scope of Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is a serious threat to your pet's health.Most pet owners usually have at least one thing in common with their pets. For example, many pairs of pets and people enjoy running or other vigorous exercise; others relish some satisfying snuggling together. One thing you definitely don’t want to share with your pet are parasites. Fleas and intestinal worms can wreak serious havoc, but ticks are infinitely more dangerous.

Lyme disease in dogs is a common infectious disease across the United States, and it can also be contracted by humans.

The Frightening Truth

In spite of the high number of incidents of Lyme disease in dogs, most dogs who test positive show few, if any, clinical symptoms. Caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, the disease is spread by the common black-legged and deer ticks, but illness may not surface for weeks or months. Fever, joint pain, lethargy, and lameness are typical signs. Continue…