Dr. Tracey Jensen, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, describes heartworm disease and how our pets can become infected.
She explains that, as adults, the worms are like angel hair pasta, winding around the hearts and lungs of dogs. There can be dozens—even 100 or more—of these worms, making dogs quite ill.
In cats, heartworm disease acts differently. While there may be far fewer worms in cats, the disease is no less serious.
Ferrets can also become infected with heartworm disease.
Jensen notes that heartworm can easily be prevented. And, for reasons not understood, many pet owners don’t bother with prevention. The result may literally be fatal.
Jensen also mentions the new protocol, which includes mosquito repellency. No, not all heartworm preventive products used on dogs can be used on cats or ferrets. But, cats and ferrets require prevention as well.
Ask your veterinarian about the right preventive product for your pet.
Learn more from the American Heartworm Association.