April is the official Heartworm Awareness Month, but whenever the temperature is above freezing it is Heartworm Awareness Month.
Although heartworm disease is a concern year round, April is Heartworm Awareness month. We have discussed heartworm disease before (Carlson blog – heartworm prevention), but we wanted to once again draw attention to this very concerning, yet very preventable disease.
How do our pets become infected with heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. (more…)