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Posted on 04-18-2016


Heartworm can be a very serious problem for both dogs and cats, especially those in mosquito prevalent areas, as mosquitoes are a vector and intermediate host for the pest.  Heartworm can be deadly and very expensive to treat.  Heartworm disease is a year-round health threat that has been diagnosed in all 50 states. Heartworm disease causes worms to live in the heart, lungs, and arteries cause an inflammatory response that results in blockages in blood vessels.  Symptoms in dogs usually start with a cough, which worsens as the disease progresses. Fatigue, difficulty breathing and weight loss are common in later stages. Ultimately, affected dogs can experience heart failure and death.  

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