Heartworm disease is a serious condition that may cause lung disease, heart failure and possibly death in dogs, cats and ferrets. It is caused by a worm called Dirofilaria immitis. This particular worm is only spread through the bite of a mosquito. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states, however it is considered to be endemic in the areas of the southeast United States. These particular worms are easy to prevent but hard to kill. There are a number of screening tests available to check your pet for heartworms and it is recommended these checks be performed yearly. It is also very important to have your pet on heartworm prevention every month to keep your pet healthy. At West Villa Maria Vet Clinic, we offer a number of solutions to help keep your pet parasite free, please ask us for more details.
One of our veterinarians, Dr. Worrell, talked to KBTX about heartworm disease. She discussed the severity of the disease as well as how to prevent it.