The vast majority of heartworm-positive cases in Canada happen right here in Southwestern Ontario. Heartworm disease is transmitted from dog to dog through mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it takes in tiny heartworms, which it then transmits to the next dog it bites. Heartworms then mature in the dog’s bloodstream and collect in its heart and blood vessels.
Heartworm larvae can grow over 12 inches in length and can do immense damage to a dog’s heart and lungs. Heartworm is particularly dangerous for dogs because it takes several months for the symptoms to start showing. If the proper treatment is not administered, Heartworm disease can be fatal.
Indications your dog may have heartworm include fatigue, weight loss and coughing.
Ensuring Your Dog Is Protected
Preventing heartworm disease in your dog is simple. Just visit one of our Chatham-Kent clinics (Merritt Animal Hospital, Dresden Veterinary Clinic and Sydenham River Veterinary Office) to pick up preventative medication that will keep your dog safe during mosquito season. You can also have your dog tested for heartworm disease to ensure the condition is not already present.
Give us a call at 519.360.4508 to book your appointment.