Ashland Animal Hospital Blog
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Heartworm Disease - Common Misconceptions
Heartworm is a parasite that is passed to dogs from the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito injects baby worms (larvae) into the blood stream and these larvae mature through several life stages until, six months later, they grow into adult worms which live inside the blood vessels of the lungs and the chambers of the heart itself. In heavy infections the heart and lung vessels can become physically clogged up with worms resulting in lung disease, heart failure, and death. Heartworm infection can be PREVENTED by giving a once-a-month chewable medication that kills the baby worms (larvae) before they can mature into adults and cause disease. Heartworm disease is something that many clients don't understand, so let's clear things up...