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Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is a parasite found in dogs and cats that invades the heart and its primary vessels. The canine disease is endemic in the Northeastern United States and the rate of infection is rising. The worms are parasites, transmitted by the injection of infected blood into an animal by a mosquito, during a blood meal. Once injected, cardiac function is compromised. The illness is often characterized by a heart murmur, exercise intolerance, respiratory distress, and in grave cases, complete physical collapse in death. Heartworm disease is treatable if diagnosed and early and cardiac damage is minimal. If a pet is… Continue reading »